[CentOS] Using XEN VMs with non-US keyboards?

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Tue Oct 16 16:26:43 UTC 2007

Felix Schwarz wrote on Sat, 13 Oct 2007 23:22:22 +0200:

> I'm seeing the same problems on Fedora 6+7. I don't think there is a real 
> solution (btw: using a German keyboard layout, shift+6 gives me "/" in the 
> graphical vnc console).

Thanks for confirmation. Yeah, I can get "/" this way, but I can't get "-" and 
"*" which means I can't add any options to command lines or do wildcards. It's 
pretty useless this way. You can't even handle filenames with a "-" in them. I 
work around this by using single "?" in filenames as I can create at least 
On the other hand if I switch to US keyboard layout I can get at * and - and 
?, but not at /. Grrrrr.

I use SSH for virtual console management as much as 
> possible.

Yes, this seems the only workable solution. Unfortunately, you are also 
restricted to the "-"-less strings when you install it :-(


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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