keyboard_update - Man Page

process raw keyboard events


#include <vgakeyboard.h>

int keyboard_update(void);
void keyboard_waitforupdate(void);


These routines check the keyboard buffer for any raw keyboard events and do the necessary updates to the internal buffers of keyboard_clearstate(3) and keyboard_keypressed(3).

When there are no such events, keyboard_update() returns 0 immediately (non-zero else) whereas keyboard_waitforupdate() blocks and waits until an event occurs.

vga_waitevent(3) allows to wait for keyboard and other events at the same time.

See Also

svgalib(7), vgagl(7), libvga.config(5), keytest(6), eventtest(6), keyboard_seteventhandler(3), keyboard_init(3), keyboard_init_return_fd(3), keyboard_close(3), keyboard_setdefaulteventhandler(3), keyboard_getstate(3), keyboard_clearstate(3), keyboard_translatekeys(3), keyboard_keypressed(3), vga_waitevent(3)


This manual page was edited by Michael Weller <>. The exact source of the referenced function as well as of the original documentation is unknown.

It is very likely that both are at least to some extent are due to Harm Hanemaayer <>.

Occasionally this might be wrong. I hereby asked to be excused by the original author and will happily accept any additions or corrections to this first version of the svgalib manual.

Referenced By

keyboard_clearstate(3), keyboard_close(3), keyboard_getstate(3), keyboard_init(3), keyboard_keypressed(3), keyboard_seteventhandler(3), keyboard_translatekeys(3), svgalib(7).

The man page keyboard_waitforupdate(3) is an alias of keyboard_update(3).

27 July 1997 Svgalib (>= 1.2.11) Svgalib User Manual