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How can I change the keyboard layout in the TTY aka text mode reached through the combinations Ctrl+Alt+F1 through F6 permanently?

I tried sudo echo 'KEYMAP=de' > /etc/conf.d/keymap and echo 'KEYMAP=de' > /etc/vconsole.conf without success.

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echo 'KEYMAP=de' > /etc/vconsole.conf does the job, provided you don't make any typos, so double check with cat /etc/vconsole.conf :)

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