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Note: I need a solution which preferably uses only the CLI.

I happen to have a nice new MacBook with a, here it comes, German keyboard. All my colleagues work with US keyboards.

Therefore, our Ubuntu 10.04 LTS servers are all set to US-keyboards. Is there a way to just set my own user account settings to a German keyboard layout without touching the system-wide keyboard settings or those of my other colleagues?

Isn't there an easy way to set that in ~/profile, e.g. keyboard="de"? (I am working without any Ubuntu user interface, just the command line)

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Note: you can do also this without a GUI using X-Forwarding over SSH...

I just finished installing Server. You have to first install I guess keyboard utility. To do so

Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install x11-xkb-utils

To set the layout to German,

Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

man setxkbmap

To get the correct syntax

Or you can look at /usr/share/x11/xkb

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So I can do that in the server version without a GUI? –  Monolith Jun 25 '12 at 20:57
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