found where my console keyboard had been switched to Colemak, and changed it back using sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration. won't know for sure it's fixed till next reboot, however. my power connection had wiggled loose an hour or so ago, and my bootblock had apparently been updated without being copied to the Windows boot directory, so I was left without a bootable Linux partition; luckily I had my Knoppix USB key with me, but then after fsck and lilo I still had the funky keyboard layout to deal with on login. my password is hard enough to type without having all the keys remapped.
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