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xkbcomp (1)


xkbcomp - compile XKB keyboard description


xkbcomp [option] source [ destination ]


XKBCOMP(1)                  General Commands Manual                 XKBCOMP(1)

       xkbcomp - compile XKB keyboard description

       xkbcomp [option] source [ destination ]

       The  xkbcomp  keymap  compiler  converts a description of an XKB keymap
       into one of several output formats.   The most common use  for  xkbcomp
       is  to create a compiled keymap file (.xkm extension) which can be read
       directly by XKB-capable X servers or utilities.   The  keymap  compiler
       can  also  produce  C  header  files or XKB source files.  The C header
       files produced by xkbcomp can be included by  X  servers  or  utilities
       that  need a built-in default keymap.  The XKB source files produced by
       xkbcomp are fully resolved and can be used to  verify  that  the  files
       which typically make up an XKB keymap are merged correctly or to create
       a single file which contains a complete description of the keymap.

       The source may specify an X display, or an .xkb or .xkm  file;   unless
       explicitly  specified,  the format of destination depends on the format
       of the source.   Compiling a .xkb (keymap source) file generates a .xkm
       (compiled keymap file) by default.   If the source is a .xkm file or an
       X display, xkbcomp generates a keymap source file by default.

       If the destination is an X display,  the  keymap  for  the  display  is
       updated with the compiled keymap.

       The  name  of  the destination is usually computed from the name of the
       source, with the extension replaced as appropriate.  When  compiling  a
       single  map from a file which contains several maps, xkbcomp constructs
       the destination file name by appending an appropriate extension to  the
       name of the map to be used.

       -a      Show  all  keyboard  information, reporting implicit or derived
               information as a comment.  Only affects .xkb format output.

       -C      Produce a C header file as output (.h extension).

       -dflts  Compute defaults for any missing components, such as key names.

       -em1 msg
               Print msg before printing first error message.

       -emp msg
               Print msg at the start of each message line.

       -eml msg
               If there were any errors, print msg before exiting.

       -help, -?
               Show available options.

       -Idir   Specifies  top-level  directories  to  be  searched  for  files
               included  by  the  keymap  description.   After all directories
               specified by -I options have been searched, the current  direc-
               tory  and finally, the default xkb directory /usr/share/X11/xkb
               will be searched.

               To prevent the  current  and  default  directories  from  being
               searched,  use  the -I option alone (i.e. without a directory),
               before any -I options that specify the directories you do  want

       -i deviceid
               If  source or destination is a valid X display, load the keymap
               from/into the device with the specified ID (not name).

       -l      List maps that specify the map pattern in any files  listed  on
               the command line (not implemented yet).

       -m name Specifies  a  map  to  be  compiled  from an file with multiple

       -merge  Merge the compiled information with the  map  from  the  server
               (not implemented yet).

       -o name Specifies a name for the generated output file.  The default is
               the name of the source file with an appropriate  extension  for
               the output format.

       -opt parts
               Specifies  a list of optional parts.  Compilation errors in any
               optional parts are not fatal.  Parts may consist of any  combi-
               nation  of the letters c, g,k,s,t which specify the compatibil-
               ity map, geometry, keycodes, symbols and types, respectively.

       -Rdir   Specifies the root directory for relative path names.

       -synch  Force synchronization for X requests.

               Print version number.

       -w lvl  Controls the reporting of warnings during compilation.  A warn-
               ing  level  of  0  disables all warnings; a warning level of 10
               enables them all.

       -xkb    Generate a source description of the keyboard as  output  (.xkb

       -xkm    Generate a compiled keymap file as output (.xkm extension).

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | x11/keyboard/xkbcomp |
       |Stability      | Volatile             |


       Copyright  1994,  Silicon  Graphics  Computer Systems and X Consortium,
       See X(7) for a full statement of rights and permissions.

       Erik Fortune, Silicon Graphics

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle  Solaris  can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source   was   downloaded   from    https://www.x.org/releases/individ-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://www.x.org.

X Version 11                     xkbcomp 1.4.5                      XKBCOMP(1)