Solaris 10 5/09 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations

keyboard Keyword

The sysidkdb tool configures your USB language and its corresponding keyboard layout.

The following procedure occurs:

You can configure the keyboard language and its corresponding keyboard layout information by using the keyboard keyword. Each language has its own keyboard layout. Use the following syntax to select a language and its corresponding layout.


For example, this entry sets the keyboard language and its corresponding keyboard layout for the German language:


The value provided for keyboard_layout must be a valid value. Otherwise, an interactive response is required during installation. The valid keyboard_layout strings are defined in the /usr/share/lib/keytables/type_6/kbd_layouts file.

SPARC only –

Previously, the USB keyboard assumed a self-identifying value of 1 during the installation. Therefore, all of the keyboards that were not self-identifying always configured for a U.S. English keyboard layout during installation.

If the keyboard is not self-identifying and you want to prevent being prompted during your JumpStart installation, select the keyboard language in your sysidcfg file. For JumpStart installations, the default is for the U.S. English language. To select another language and its corresponding keyboard layout, set the keyboard entry in your sysidcfg file as in the example provided above.

For further information, see the sysidcfg(4) and sysidtool(1M) man pages.