Q: How do I boot with NumLock enabled?
When my Linux system boots, it always defaults to NumLock disabled, which is annoying because I need to use the numeric keypad frequently.
A: This default setting is probably for the benefit of laptop users whose keyboards have combined cursor and numeric keypads, on the theory that they're more likely to need a cursor keypad for routine use.
To override it, insert the following line into
"do setleds -D +num < $tty > /dev/null done"
This will cause NumLock to be re-enabled at the end of your next system boot.