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I want to set my keyboard layout to Dvorak. How do I do that exactly?

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My first impulse was to add another vote but having had to switch keyboard layouts on a Debian server (from French to US) makes me think this can equally be an SF question. –  John Gardeniers Mar 12 '10 at 4:54
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I found this more straightforward and simple:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
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This is the only solution that worked for me. –  Ishpeck May 20 '11 at 20:04
    
Only this solution actually made things persistent across reboots. –  Lloeki Jun 6 '11 at 13:27
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

This will guide you through the process of selecting different keyboard layouts:

$ dpkg-reconfigure console-data

Maybe you will need to install console-data.

$ sudo apt-get install console-data

If you want to make changes permanent then you can use:

$ dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
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Looks like this will work, too:

$ sudo loadkeys dvorak

Hat tip to http://ma.tt/2004/01/dvorak-on-linux-console/

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This is the only solution that doesn't permanently alter your machine -- good for making scripts that switch keyboard layouts. –  John Baber Sep 3 '12 at 12:30
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