Commit 2e8ecb9d authored by Bill Nottingham's avatar Bill Nottingham Committed by Linus Torvalds
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As of now, the kernel defaults to non-unicode and XLATE for the keyboard.
We've been changing this in Fedora, but that requires patching the defaults
in the kernel.

The attached introduces CONFIG_VT_UNICODE, which sets the console in
unicode mode by default on boot, including both the virtual terminal and
the keyboard driver.
Signed-off-by: default avatarBill Nottingham <>
Cc: Samuel Thibault <>
Cc: Dmitry Torokhov <>
Cc: Jiri Kosina <>
Cc: Alan Cox <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 430d275a
......@@ -36,6 +36,23 @@ config VT
If unsure, say Y, or else you won't be able to do much with your new
shiny Linux system :-)
bool "Virtual console is Unicode by default"
depends on VT
default n
If you say Y here, the virtual terminal will be in UTF-8 by default,
and the keyboard will run in unicode mode.
If you say N here, the virtual terminal will not be in UTF-8 by
default, and the keyboard will run in XLATE mode.
This can also be changed by passing 'default_utf8=<0|1>' on the
kernel command line.
Historically, the kernel has defaulted to non-UTF8 and XLATE mode.
If unsure, say N here.
bool "Support for console on virtual terminal" if EMBEDDED
depends on VT
......@@ -1381,7 +1381,7 @@ int __init kbd_init(void)
kbd_table[i].lockstate = KBD_DEFLOCK;
kbd_table[i].slockstate = 0;
kbd_table[i].modeflags = KBD_DEFMODE;
kbd_table[i].kbdmode = VC_XLATE;
kbd_table[i].kbdmode = default_utf8 ? VC_UNICODE : VC_XLATE;
error = input_register_handler(&kbd_handler);
......@@ -108,12 +108,12 @@ static void sysrq_handle_unraw(int key, struct tty_struct *tty)
struct kbd_struct *kbd = &kbd_table[fg_console];
if (kbd)
kbd->kbdmode = VC_XLATE;
kbd->kbdmode = default_utf8 ? VC_UNICODE : VC_XLATE;
static struct sysrq_key_op sysrq_unraw_op = {
.handler = sysrq_handle_unraw,
.help_msg = "unRaw",
.action_msg = "Keyboard mode set to XLATE",
.action_msg = "Keyboard mode set to system default",
......@@ -158,7 +158,11 @@ static void blank_screen_t(unsigned long dummy);
static void set_palette(struct vc_data *vc);
static int printable; /* Is console ready for printing? */
static int default_utf8;
int default_utf8 = 1;
int default_utf8;
module_param(default_utf8, int, S_IRUGO | S_IWUSR);
......@@ -1125,7 +1125,7 @@ int vt_waitactive(int vt)
void reset_vc(struct vc_data *vc)
vc->vc_mode = KD_TEXT;
kbd_table[vc->vc_num].kbdmode = VC_XLATE;
kbd_table[vc->vc_num].kbdmode = default_utf8 ? VC_UNICODE : VC_XLATE;
vc->vt_mode.mode = VT_AUTO;
vc->vt_mode.waitv = 0;
vc->vt_mode.relsig = 0;
......@@ -87,6 +87,7 @@ extern int unbind_con_driver(const struct consw *csw, int first, int last,
extern char con_buf[CON_BUF_SIZE];
extern struct mutex con_buf_mtx;
extern char vt_dont_switch;
extern int default_utf8;
struct vt_spawn_console {
spinlock_t lock;
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