I downloaded the Debian live standard (command line flavour, without X and any window managers) CD image, then booted into the live disk. With my first Arch Linux reflex I typed
loadkeys dvorak (hand-picking on my blank key-cap keyboard while peeking at the QWERTY US layout on my laptop). No avail, I got an error saying
cannot open file dvorak. A simple googling brought up loads of irrelevant links.
/usr/share/keymaps is empty. This other question mentions
dpkg-reconfigure but it is not even on the path of the live boot, at least no such command is recognized. Even if it was available, I would still consider it a highly unpleasant experience to type anything more than a few characters to get to my preferred keyboard layout. I mean to set up the internet connection, type WiFi password, configure proxy, add package sources, install packages, and then load the keymaps!? The very first thing I want when booting into a live OS (rescue disk!!) is to get the keyboard right.
Is this just me and this is really such an awkward, rarely used feature for Debian? ...or I missed something blatantly obvious?