Keyboard Keeps Reverting Back To US QWERTY No Matter What I Do

It has been a few months since i last used Garuda i left it because it kept the us keyboard layout no matter what i do in in the setting it shows that i already have colemak layout but it's us qwerty. I was using Arch Linux till now. I am back Garuda to face the same issue again.

I have to "setxkbmap us colemak" every time. i have tried making a script that will run at the time of login to execute this command but this didn't worked. From arch wiki "localectl set-keymap --no-convert us colemak" still not worked. I edited the vconsole file and set "KEYMAP=colemak" still not worked please help.


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This is in GNOME, correct?

NO it's KDE Dragonised

You could add it to your fish config.

micro ~/.config/fish/

Add something like this, to run automatically if your display is up:

if [ "$DISPLAY" ]
     setxkbmap us colemak
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Are you setting the layout per Application or Global?

i want it to be global. I didn't quite understand your question but to change the layout i type "setxkbmap us colemak"

it didn't quite work, it will only work when i open the terminal.
i still have to type password in qwerty during log in

You can set this Global using KDE's native Keyboard Layout settings in System Settings.
I am not on my machine so I can't provide a screenshot now. :frowning:

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i did set it global but after the reboot. it shows colemak but it's actually qwerty. Some kind of bug

Yes, it won't work until you log in.

What do you have in /etc/vconsole.conf? Those are the settings systemd should honor from boot.

According to this, you are going to want to have either




:point_up: The documentation sort of suggests the first is correct, but the thread I linked has a few folks who mentioned it doesn't work for them but KEYMAP=colemak does. The comments are from 2016, so maybe try both.

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I did tried that earlier but it didn't work

Could this help?
It could be e.g. setxkbmap us -variant colemak, can be made persistent in xinitrc or xprofile

it didn't work i read the wiki but nothing helps out it only sets the keymap temporary but after reboot it always goes back to qwerty.

When you boot up and it is not working, what is in this file?


before boot up and after it's the same

Is this one useful?
[SOLVED] Possible to set Norwegian Colemak-layout in console? / Newbie Corner / Arch Linux Forums

ckbcomp -layout no -variant colemak >
sudo mv /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/colemak/

What is the output of localectl?

System Locale: LANG=en_IN
VC Keymap: colemak
X11 Layout: us
X11 Model: pc104
X11 Variant: colemak

Before and after the reboot it's the same


cat /etc/mkinitcpio.conf

Double-check keymap is in your HOOKS, then rebuild the initramfs.

sudo mkinitcpio -P

Reboot, and test again afterward. :crossed_fingers:

If it's still not working, check for any interesting output on sudo systemctl status systemd-vconsole-setup.service. If there is no output, try restarting:

sudo systemctl restart systemd-vconsole-setup.service
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