It seems there is no raspi-config in OSMC. So, how can I configure the keyboard layout for the console? (In Kodi it was easy to find, but this doesn't affect the console.)

I couldn't find anything like this in "My OSMC".

Is it possible to install raspi-config?


raspi-config is specifically for Raspbian, whence the name. Try these instructions for setting up a keyboard layout for OSMC. It involves installing a few packages and reconfiguring one, all from the console.

  • Thanks for the link. It doesn't contain a directly usable recipe, so I wrote a more detailed answer below. BTW, it's not raspbian-config nor raspbmc-config, so it's quite logical people expect to see this program on any Debian-based operating system for RasPi, including OSMC.
    – Tobias
    Jun 20 '16 at 22:21

Based on the link provided by tlhIngan, here is what I did (as root, sudo -s):

  • dpkg-reconfigure locales

Here I was able to select (in my case) de_DE.UTF-8. No substancial changes to the user experience up to this point.

  • apt-get install console-setup

Here I was able to choose Other first, and then the classic German keyboard layout with dead keys for accent grave and acute.

[rant on] Hey, English-speaking developers, do you have the slightest idea how painful it is work with a non-configured German keyboard? Almost every non-letter character is on another place, and some are really important! Thus, keyboard configuration is extremely important, expecially when ssh access is disfunctional! [/rant off]

After this, there was no reaction from the ö key anymore. Ok, there seems to be some change in effect, and it might help to reboot:

  • shutdown -r now

After rebooting, everything now seems to be fine.

Final remarks:

  • It seems to be important to first do the dpkg-reconfigure locales, and then apt-get install console-setup.
  • The interactive configuration triggered by this installation can be repeated by entering dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

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