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I'm using setxkbmap to switch between keyboard mappings English and Hebrew:

setxkbmap -option grp:lwin_toggle -option compose:rwin us,il

I would like a little indicator of the current map on-screen. It could be as simple as "il" or "us" in the corner. How can I do this?

Edit: I'm not using Unity, I'm using fvwm2.

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  • What desktop environment ? – NickTux Nov 8 '12 at 14:45
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If you are using unity. Open Dash and search for keyboard and open Keyboard

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Click on layout settings and add the keyboard layout by clicking "+"

Once you set the extra keyboard layout, you can see a small icon of the top panel(Next to battery icon).

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When you toggle the layout you can see the indicator showing the active layout (I used the shortcut Alt+Shift)

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  • I'm not using Unity. Maybe there's a simple program that can pop open small window that I can populate with whatever text/pic/font that I want? I can write the script to update it as needed. – Eyal Nov 12 '12 at 10:22

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