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On my default 10.04 Ubuntu install I am consistently tripped up by the fact that some UI text areas/input boxes treat CtrlA as "select all" vs. "move my cursor to the beginning of the line." Is there some sort of global conf file that exists for these sorts of things?

I would really like to unify all text input areas to use bash conventions.

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Might get more answers at askubuntu.com –  glenn jackman May 18 '11 at 10:43
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Those are Emacs keybindings, and you can enable them for Gtk applications.

echo 'gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs"' >>~/.gtkrc-2.0
gconftool -t string --set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs
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Good answer. But, for a number of reasons, you should include enough information from a link to keep your answer useful in the future if the link breaks. I've updated this answer for you, but please keep this in mind in the future. –  Kevin Dec 15 '11 at 4:13
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