General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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Remap keypad keys to modifiers

I did some research but I couldn't find a working solution: How can I make my keyboard buttons: KP_1, KP_2, KP_3 to work exactly the same as Shift_L, Alt_L and Control_L? I use Linux Mint 17 ...
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Why is the keyboard assigned the specific IRQ of 1? [migrated]

Why are specific IRQ values assigned to certain devices? For example, why is the system timer assigned the value of 0 and not 10?
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Is bluetooth keyboard associated with `stdin`?

I know that keyboard is standard input and is referred by the stdin file. I sometimes use a Bluetooth(BT) keyboard when working on my laptop. Both keyboards, my laptop keyboard as well as the BT ...
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Different layouts and specific key mapping for different keyboards

Here's the deal I have an apple aluminium usb keyboard connected to my laptop with "windows" keyboard. And almost everything works great on my apple keyboard except three annoying problems. Each ...
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“usb 3-2: can't set config #1, error -110” - USB keyboard works in Windows 8 laptop but on PC only until Linux boots

I tried 2 new USB keyboards that work until Linux starts booting. When booting I saw: [ 8.365211] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0b23 [ 8.404863] usb 3-2: New USB ...
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swap symbols with numbers in keyboard layout

I'm looking to modify my keyboard layout such that holding down Shift and pressing a number key will result in a number being printed to the screen instead of the symbol that's on the key. For ...
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Pantheon lost keyboard configurations

I install Pantheon yesterday and now every time startx my keyboard configurations back to us, but the correctly is br+abnt2. So I need to run in terminal (after startx) the command: setxkbmap ...
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In Linux count number of key presses except those in the browser

I want to count the number of key-presses in Linux, except those in the browser. There was a solution proposed here but not sure how to ignore browser key-presses.
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adjusting keyboard sensitivity with kbdrate

The keyboard on my Laptop is too sensitive (when typing, I often type two characters instead of one). I have been googling and found kbdrate. But for some reason, kbdrate does not work properly: # ...
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monitoring events (keyboard, mouse) in X

Is it possible to display all events that are generated in Xorg? Such as keyboard pressed, mouse events...?
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Keyboard is disabling

I stuck with a strange problem on OpenSUSE 13.1, after some random uptime my keyboard is disabling. I'm not even sure how to concretize this problem, this happening randomly and I can't see any ...
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Emulating scroll lock behaviour to trigger USB KVM switch

At work, I use two computers: one Windows machine for intranet and mail, one Ubuntu machine on a separate network for development. In order to easily switch between the two I use a simple USB KVM ...
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Making udev rule for bluetooth keyboard

I'm using a logitech k810 bluetooth keyboard with my laptop running Debian Wheezy. (I got the keyboard working by following this guide.) By default the F1-12 keys are multimedia keys unless the FN ...
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Print currently pressed keys to stdout and read them line by line

I want to know which keys are pressed on my keyboard and print the information to stdout. A tool that can do this is showkey. However, if I want to pass the data of showkey to read: while read line; ...
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Linux kernel dropping custom keyboard scan codes

I have a vintage IBM 122 key model M keyboard that I am adapting for use on a modern computer. I am using a Teensy 2.0 to do the encoding and to handle the USB side of things. I borrowed the firmware ...
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How to 'simulate' a Fn key

I want to 'simulate' a Fn key of an ASUS laptop running Ubuntu when using a normal external keyboard. How can I do this?
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Debian wheezy FN key inverted after resume from suspend

I have debian wheezy installed on my new laptop (Toshiba Satellite L70), with Kernel 3.14 from backports. After I resume from suspend, all function keys (F1 - F12) behaviour is inverted, for example, ...
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Corsair Vengeance K-95 Keyboard & Linux

I've been thinking that I want a mechanical keyboard, currently I'm using a logitech G510 which is perfect with it's 18 programmable keys (I'm using it with this) but I hear a lot of people drooling ...
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Remapping Left Control <LCTL> in xkb changes behavior of Alt + Left Shift

For some reason pressing any alt key (including <MENU>) together with <LFSH> toggles "Switch windows of an application". This can be turned off by commenting out key <LCTL> { [ ...
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How to read characters from a serial keyboard on /dev/inputs/eventX (Speed?)

I'm trying to read from a second keyboard whose inputs can be read from /dev/inputs/eventX, but I get rubbish and not the character expected. I'm accessing my target by using Putty. I can connect to ...
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set the default keyboard type to ascii mode

I am running CentOS 6.5 and I am having problems setting the default keyboard mode to ascii for the virtual terminals. Currently, only the system console defaults to ascii mode, but if I log in to an ...
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Remapping a keyboard key to print ⸮ (irony mark)

I find myself using the irony mark ⸮ unicode U+2E2E (or ؟ unicode U+061F) in both mcabber and vim a lot. The old copy-and-paste antipattern is tedious so I thought I would rename one of the many ...
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Cannot type keyword symbols in Linuxmint

I found that in my linuxmint 13.10, when I want to type a @(Shift + 2), the screen displays " (Shift + ' in windows). However, today the biggest problem is there is no ways to type |. Therefore, I ...
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LinuxMint doesn't recognize `Katakana/Hiragana` key in japanese keyboard

I installed LinuxMint 16 Cinnamon in a virtualbox environment. And set Keyboard Layouts Japanese in Regional Settings. But Katakana/Hiragana key that is obviously implemented in Japanese keyboard, ...
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Giving more priority to a USB device

I have a keyboard with USB cable connected to computer through a USB 2.0 socket. But when I type fast, Ubuntu ignores some key messages (e.g. I may type CORRECT but what is typed may be CORET) . After ...
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How to get all my keys to send keycodes

I'm using Gentoo with XFCE. I have a logitech K350 keyboard, all but a few of the keys work as expected but there is one specific key that I want to use but when I run showkey no key codes are being ...
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Grabbing keyboard control in shell script

I have a certain shell (zsh) script which reads one character at a time and performs an action afterwards. In the shell, this is realized by "read -k" in a loop. I want to execute the script as a ...
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New keyboard messing up mouse

Fedora 20, xfce. I just plugged in a new keyboard, and everything appears to work. There's a backlight-toggling button in the corner. I press it. Now my mouse clicks don't want to register, or my ...
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Keep keyboard layout upon inserting external keyboard

I have a custom keyboard layout, that I enable using this commands: setxkbmap -verbose us -variant altgr-intl xmodmap -verbose /home/coub/.myxmodmap This works just fine, the thing is, that when I ...
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Record every keystroke and store in a file

I need to record every keystroke and store in a file in the user directory ~, when using my account, I am not sudoer and I cannot install programs (like logKeys) in any way. How could I do so using ...
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Execute script after period of inactivity

I'm looking for a way to execute certain script after period of inactivity and after completion of that period. By 'inactivity' I mean lack of mouse and keyboard events. E.g. I want: execute first ...
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Modifier keys cannot be mapped to regular keys on USB keyboard with udev

Using an hwdb file, /etc/udev/hwdb.d/99-keyboard.hwdb, I can remap the left Alt key on my USB keyboard as the Ctrl key: keyboard:usb:v*p* KEYBOARD_KEY_700e2=leftctrl This also works when I try to ...
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Can't save session in Macpup linux

I installed Macpup linux 550 on a flash disk. After shutting down the Macpup, it asks for saving session (in text mode) but keyboard doesn't work and I can't select yes. The yes button has focus but I ...
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Alt key not recognized - Dell Inspiron n4110/Mint 16 (Petra)

I'm running a fresh install of Mint 16 on an essentially-brand-new Dell Inspiron N4110. I booted to Kali Linux initially, and noticed AltTab, AltF4, and AltD (address bar focus) weren't working in ...
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Remap input keys in /dev/input level

I want to remap input keys from keyboard and mouse, but I need it to be in low level, so that reading /dev/input* shows remapped functions. Example: I have regular keyboard and I want ENTER key to ...
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Language bar in RHEL 6

I'm having a problem with the language bar specifically in RHEL 6.5. I need the following: Language bar on the panel with either 2-letter code or a flag Switch languages with Caps Lock, optionally ...
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Connect a keyboard / IR controller to a command line program running in a screen

I'm trying to have my Raspberry Pi function as a GUIless music player. I've got Arch Linux installed, and use it through ssh. I've got also an IR receiver dongle, and I'm planning to use it to control ...
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Use hardware button for onscreen keyboard

I have installed Linux Mint on a tablet computer. This computer runs the same as a PC, but it does not have a built-in keyboard. I want to use the hardware button to load the onscreen keyboard. How ...
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Targus USB number pad not working in Debian Wheezy

I am running a fresh install of Wheezy x86 and trying to connect a Targus number pad (model AKP10US) which has the USB Vendor/Model IDs of 05A4 / 9840. (FWIW the system is also running in VirtualBox) ...
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How to remap the keys with xkeycaps?

I'm trying to remap different keys (for example, I want the "Y" to be "space"). XKeyCaps let me choose the keyboard, and shows correctly when one key is pressed. But the right click menu that allows ...
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How can I print out the current keybindings in Linux/Debian? [closed]

How can I print out the current keybindings in Linux/Debian ? I tried xmodmap -pp and got the response: xmodmap: unable to open display ''
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Forcing keys to run bash scripts

Is it possible to define bash scripts for all keys on keyboard so that by pressing any key the bash script for that key will be run? The scripts may do anything, for instance they may save the key ...
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How can I set repeat rate of USB keyboard with udev?

How can I get my keyboard repeat rate to apply to a hotplugged USB keyboard? I made a udev rule to set the keyboard repeat delay and rate, /etc/udev/rules.d/99-usb-keyboard.rules with the following ...
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On an Apple Keyboard under Linux, how do I make the Function keys work without the fn modifier key?

I use an Apple wired keyboard on Linux. By default the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc) require the fn key to be pressed for them to work. Without the fn key, these keys control the features like ...
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Why does showkey show a different keycode compared to xev?

Looking for an answer I came across this question. There's something like this: The keycode X uses and the keycode the kernel uses are OFF BY 8 for "historical reasons". So take 97 - 8 = 89 and ...
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How to detect global key presses

I have an Asus laptop that has a special key that can be configured to launch any software (at least on Windows). The general question is: how can I detect any key press (globally)? Then, how ...
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delete key doesn't remove selected files

In file manager or on the desktop when I select a file and hit delete key it does nothing. Shift+delete works fine, as well as deleting in text editors. I'm using Debian Wheezy 7.4 with xfce desktop ...
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How to regain control of my computer?

I am running a database server on my computer. Sometimes it takes up so much memory resources that the system stop responding to keyboard and mouse inputs. Although I can move the mouse pointer and ...
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Minix randomly fails to accept keyboard input

I'm currently toying around with Minix 2.0.4 on a somewhat dated 80386 based system with 8 MiB of RAM. I've succesfully managed to install Minix, but I randomly encounter the following issue: When I ...
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Insert a character that isn't present on my keyboard on Linux Mint

As stated in the title: How can I use Alt+<ASCII CODE> on Linux (Mint 16) on a netbook which doesn't have a num pad nor a "Num lock" button? I found lots of tutorials for Windows, but no one ...