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You can attempt to repair problems on the Pi by rebooting to a root shell. Append init=/bin/sh at the end of cmdline.txt and reboot. (This will need to be done on another computer.) After booting you will be at the prompt in a root shell. Your root file system is mounted as readonly now, so remount it as read/write mount -n -o remount,rw / You can then ...


On my Raspberry Pi 3 with RaspiOS 2020-05-27 Buster (based on Debian 10.4) the problem exists if I run raspi-config into a ssh shell and without a phisical keyboard attached. If an USB keyboard is attached, the dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration command (or the relative raspi-config option) does indeed work, even if invoked into an ssh session.

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