I would like to define a compose key on my system (it's a Debian Sid "Wheezy"). I have no Xorg (and don't want any desktop environment). Only in terminal. I would like to set it up on my Alt-Gr key (right Alt). I've tried for a while but I can't figure out how to set it up.

I've been investigating and found some directions. But I don't know what to do with that.

$ showkey gives me the keycode of my Alt-Gr key (#100)

$ dumpkeys and $ dumpkeys --compose-only output "the current contents of the keyboard's driver", in the format specified by keymaps, according to the man page

$ loadkeys load a keyboard translation table

I'm sure it's not that difficult but I can't figure out how to deal with that ...


In a plain console -- no graphical environment -- the default 'Compose' key is usually assigned to the 'prt sc' key.

Your distro may vary.

See the man pages for 'keytables' 'dumpkeys' and 'loadkeys' for more.

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