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WSCONSCTL(8)                System Manager's Manual               WSCONSCTL(8)

     wsconsctl - get or set wscons state

     wsconsctl [-dkmn] [-f file] -a
     wsconsctl [-dkmn] [-f file] name ...
     wsconsctl [-dkmn] [-f file] -w name=value ...
     wsconsctl [-dkmn] [-f file] -w name+=value ...

     The wsconsctl command displays or sets various wscons system driver
     variables.  If a list of variables is present on the command line, then
     wsconsctl prints the current value of those variables for the specified

     -a      Specify all variables for the device.

     -d      Select the display portion of the device.

     -f file
             Specify an alternative control device.

     -k      Select the keyboard portion of the device (this is the default).

     -m      Select the mouse portion of the device.

     -n      Suppress the printing of the variable name in the output - only
             the value will appear.

     -w      Set or modify the specified variables to the given values.  The
             value can be specified as either an absolute value, by using the
             `=' symbol or as a relative value, by using the `+=' symbol.  See
             the EXAMPLES section for more details.

     The wsconsctl utility can be used to view and modify aspects of the
     keyboard, display, and mouse, using the standard, machine-independent
     workstation console device driver wscons(4).

     The keyboard type can be modified, the keyboard bell's pitch, period, and
     duration can be modified, the typematic value can be changed, and the
     keyboard encoding can be modified to switch keys, should the user find a
     keyboard's default layout difficult to use.  The keyboard types and other
     relevant definitions can all be found in the
     /usr/include/dev/wscons/wsksymdef.h file.

     The mouse types are defined in the /usr/include/dev/wscons/wsconsio.h

     The display types, height, width, depth (bits per pixel), color map size,
     and color map are defined in the /usr/include/dev/wscons/wsconsio.h file.
     There are also definitions relating to video control and cursor control,
     which are not applicable to all display types, and to text emulation and
     graphics (mapped) modes.

     /dev/wskbd    keyboard control device

     /dev/wsmouse  mouse control device

     /dev/ttyE0    display control device

     The following are just a few examples of wsconsctl and its functionality.

           wsconsctl -w encoding=uk

     Set a UK keyboard encoding.  For a full list of supported keyboard
     encodings, see wskbd(4).

           wsconsctl -w map+="keysym Caps_Lock = Control_L"

     Modify the current keyboard encoding so that when the Caps Lock key is
     pressed, the same encoding sequence as Left Control is sent.  For a full
     list of keysyms and keycodes, please refer to the
     /usr/include/dev/wscons/wsksymdef.h file.

           wsconsctl -w encoding=us.swapctrlcaps

     Set a US keyboard encoding, with the Caps Lock and Left Control keys
     swapped.  The .swapctrlcaps encoding does not work for all national
     keyboard encodings.  For most purposes, the ability to set the value
     returned by the Caps Lock key is enough - see the previous example for

           wsconsctl -w bell.pitch=1200

     Set the bell pitch to be 1200.

           wsconsctl -w bell.pitch+=200

     Add 200 to the current pitch of the bell.

           wsconsctl -d -w msg.kernel.attrs=color,hilit msg.kernel.bg=red

     Set the color of kernel messages to brown on red with the highlighting
     flag set (becoming yellow on red).

           wsconsctl -w repeat.del1=200 repeat.deln=50

     Set the initial delay for keyboard auto repeat to 200ms, and subsequent
     delays to 50ms.

           wsconsctl -w repeat.del1=0

     Turn off auto repeat.

           wsconsctl -d -w scroll.fastlines=50

     If scroll support is enabled in the kernel, set the number of lines used
     in the fast scroll function to 50.

           wsconsctl -d -w scroll.slowlines=2

     If scroll support is enabled in the kernel, set the number of lines used
     in the slow scroll function to 2.  In order to use this function, you
     have to have Cmd_ScrollSlowDown and Cmd_ScrollSlowUp defined in your
     keyboard map.

     wscons(4), wskbd(4), wscons.conf(5), wsconscfg(8), wsfontload(8)

     The wsconsctl command first appeared in NetBSD 1.4.

NetBSD 10.99                     July 13, 2020                    NetBSD 10.99