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

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No keycode for F[6-8] keys

I'm running Arch Linux with i3 and I'm unable to map the F6, F7 and F8 keys to anything. The other function keys all work fine. I've used xev to try and diagnose this. If I press one of the ...
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Setup hangul keyboard on F23 cinnamon

I used the Korean keyboard on the previous versions of fedora (21 and 22) and always used the cinnamon desktop. I could switch between normal and hangul mode. It's been a while I didn't used this ...
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Redirect keyboard input to unfocused program

I'm looking for some help with a computing issue. I'm running Openbox 3.5.2 on Raspbian/Pi3 and a single monitor. I want to have one program focused and in fullscreen while the keyboard outputs to ...
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Laptop keyboard not found unless if tap on boot

Strange behaviour on Lenovo Yoga x240 laptop. I must repeatedly press anykey on keyboard immidiately (actually .7s) after select item in boot menu. Otherwise neither keyboard nor trackpoint will not ...
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Laggy, hanging, unstable bluetooth keyboard with Linux only

I have a laptop with Bluetooth broadcom 43142 module, and i had to copy firmware for it from Windows. Also i have Samsung Bluetooth Keyboard BKB-10.. Itt worrrks fine with Windoows 10, but under ...
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How can I disable uim without uninstalling it?

I took me a while to install and configure uim https://code.google.com/archive/p/uim/ on Arch Linux and install other japanese fonts because I needed the support for the japanese language and locale. ...
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Shift keys stop working in 14.04

In Ubuntu 14.04 on Thinkpad T400, my two shift keys have stopped working without external physical damage to them. Reboot doesn't solve the problem. But I noticed some error reported during ...
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Disable the Power button on a Chromebook

I have a Chromebook on which I installed Arch Linux. However, this Chromebook comes with a very odd key: a "Power On/Off" key at the top right of the keyboard. Without ANY warning, this button turns ...
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udev keyboard remapping with hwdb NumLock 0

I have a Samsung np870z5e laptop with builtin Numpad with ubuntu 16.04 and udev 229. I have a 'Fn-lock' button, if I press it, the Numpad 0 button (KP_0) becomes 'Menu' button (xev reports it), or '...
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No keyboard input upon boot

I have just finished Linux-from-scratch (7.9). I followed the instructions exactly, and ran into no problems during the build. However, when I booted for the first time, it seemed to boot okay; it got ...
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When I'm typing a text in English, it gets underlined and behaves bizarre

I have russian and english US locales. When I'm typing a text in English, it gets underlined until I press whitespace or some other special keys. When it's underlined, it's kind of invisible to the ...
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disable insert key for all but one applications

I would like to disable the insert key on my keyboard, because I often hit it accidentaly when typing, and it messes up my text. I found I can use xmodmap to disable insert key completely: xmodmap -...
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how to detect a microsoft sculpt keyboard dongle?

I recently purchased a used microsoft sculpt keyboard (with mouse) in order to use it with Linux Mint 17.3 I was hopping that it would work out of the box, instead nothing works (yes, batteries are ...
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USB Devices doesn't work but show up in lsub and dmesg

I found this article and seem to have a similar Problem. Why is USB not working in Linux when it works in UEFI/BIOS? MyConfig Fujitsu Board Qxx Chipset i5-2400 I use VPro KVM and the input doesn't ...
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Disable CapsLock functionality on short press

Is there any way to make pressing CapsLock effective only on long press? for example it effect only when we press and hold it for half a second? (I'm using ubuntu 14.04)
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usb_submit_urb(ctrl) failed: -1 Corsair k65 RGB keyboard

I recently purchased a Corsair k65 RGB keyboard. Of course it didn't work at first, but with an ckb-opensource driver I got everything working on my arch system. Everything went so well until I ...
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Debian. Keyboard doesn't work properly

Last time I have strange bugs with my laptop keyboard. Some of the keys stop working time to time. More often it is shift keys, but some times it also a, s, d, k, l, ;, and others. But they doesn't ...
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keyboard not working when log in with usb mouse

I have a very strange issue with my Xfce4/Debian Sid. When I log in with an USB mouse attached to the laptop, the build in keyboard isn't working. When I log out, disconnect the mouse and log in again,...
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What is preventing my window managers from recognizing some key combinations?

Since rebooting my system this morning, every window manager seems to have lost its capacity to recognize combinations of keys. I'd started noticing it in xfce4 when I tried to launch the ...
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Navigating Linux Mint Open File Dialog with Keyboard Only

Seems I don't know how to use a keyboard again. I often use gedit to keep notes on my instance of Linux Mint/Ubuntu but I find when opening files, navigating the dialog without using the Keyboard not ...
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Some keys don't work in console (tty), but work in a terminal emulator [duplicate]

When I am am in virtual terminal and open my editor, I can use editor key shortcuts such as CTRL + Down and CTRL + Up to select lines (select block), or F5 and F6 to copy/move the selected block. ...
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Raspberry Pi bluetooth keyboard not responding

I am running Debian Jessie on a Raspberry Pi (specifically 2 B model) and I have bluetooth working and a generic bluetooth keyboard paired and connected. Even so, nothing that I type on the kb will ...
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Invert fn key use of PGUP/HOME and PGDN/END keys

I am trying to invert the Fn-key behaviour of the PgUp/Home and PgDn/End keys on my MSI laptop. Currently I need to press Fn+PgUp to get Home or Fn+PgDn to get End, and since I use Home (End) a lot ...
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Keep NumLock always on [Linux Mint]

I have a simple objective: Keep NumLock always on OS and DE: Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon I found this Keep NumLock always on So, I created this small script -rwxr--r-- 1 root root 47 Apr ...
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Turn on NumLock on startup in Linux Mint

Situation: When I turn on my Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon the Num Lock is Off. Objective: Turn on Num Lock automatically at startup.
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Use two differents keyboards in FreeBSD, in X env'

So I have bought a laptop and installed FreeBSD on it. I am now trying to finish this all. The laptop has a danish keyboard, but I have also a usb typematrix keyboard with bépo (french dvorak) layout ...
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Is it possible Linux kernel/installer detected maximum keyboard backlight wrong?

I am on Linux Mint 17.3. Hardware laptop ASUS N750JV. Objective: Determine if the maximum allowed keyboard backlight by Linux system is right. /sys/class/leds/asus::kbd_backlight/max_brightness ...
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Blue Fn + Function keys not working with Lubuntu on my Thinkpad

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 (if the submodel matters, please say so), with Lubuntu 15.10 running on it. I use LXDE for my desktop environment (as the name suggets). Now, as you may know, Thinkpads ...
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Debian PXE pre-seed file

I've done a first PXE installation with Debian 7 and I'm currently trying to make another one for Debian 8. I'm stuck with 3 little things and I cannot find any solution. Skip missing firmware ...
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Fn keyboard keys not working (when udev is disabled)

I am in the process of getting rid of udev daemon from my system. I have fixed all issues, only one small problem is remaining: It used to be (when I was using udev), that Fn+Down acted as ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts lose focus when switching between Applications

I'm running Linux Mint 17.2 64-bit, Cinnamon Version 2.6.13 with Kernel 4.3.0 and I'm playing Football Manager 2016 on it. So when I switch between applications after a few switches the keyboard ...
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disable any usb keyboard and mouse

I would like to disable any keyboard and mouse user puts in USB port (regardless their ID, vendor, name, ...). I found this article http://wpkg.org/Disable_/_enable_keyboard_and_mouse_in_Linux but it ...
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Keymaps working on tty but now on Gnome - Arch Linux

When I was at Zsh installig Arch Linux, I listed the keymaps ls /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/**/*.map.gz and selected the one for my keyboard loadkeys br-abnt2.map.gz and worked fine there. After the ...
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CapsLock breaks Eterm keybinds

In my Ubuntu Server 14 with FluxBox i use to bind actions on Eterm. This is my user.cfg file: [...] begin actions bind ctrl shift button3 to string '^[]6;14^G' bind ctrl button3 to menu "...
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trigger a Control_Latch in X [closed]

hi I'm looking for a way to bind a control_latch event using some key or key combination. By control_latch I mean the ability to have a behaviour similar to a sticky control. So far I tried a bit ...
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Keyboard isn't working when it comes to enter the password for encrypted root

Hello I installed Debian, the entry in the NVRAM made by the installer isn't working so I boot it with refind using the following kernel parameters : rw nomodeset root=/dev/mapper/cryptroot initrd=/...
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How do I customise a keyboard layout in Cinnamon / Ubuntu?

I can see in Cinnamon you can select a new keyboard layout in - start - keyboard - layouts. But none of the layouts there match my new keyboard. How do I redefine a single key (differently placed ...
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In a Linux system without X started, how do I assign the right windows key to the right control key?

I am working on a Linux system without X server, so I don't have Xmodmap to change keys on my keyboard. Since the keyboard attached to the Linux PC is a "windows keyboard" (if there is such a thing) ...
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left+up+space keys not working on thinkpad x201

When using the keyboard on my thinkpad x201, I cannot press left, up and space at the same time. That is, when I start pressing the keys one after the other, the third one will be ignored. I verified ...
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linux: detect if external keyboard is plugged to laptop

I have an OSX laptop with a running Ubuntu Virtualbox and I either interact with it with the laptop keyboard or with an external USB keyboard that I plug in when in the office. Is there a script I ...
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Remapping Caps Lock to ctrl+b [duplicate]

I recently moved to Linux from OSx and in there I had mapped Caps lock to Ctrl+b. This was mostly done because of tmux. How can I do this in Ubuntu 14? There is a very comprehensive answer here how ...
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Command to simulate keyboard input

Is there a command that exists that can simulate keypresses? I want to pipe some data to it to make it type into a GUI program for me.
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Key used in shortcut. How to unmap?

I'm having some trouble pressing the ` key (I had to copy/paste it here) on my Ubuntu. It acts like a weird tab or Esc now. When checking with xkbevd, I get ^[ How can I reset this and get the ...
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How does pressing the “A” key (e.g PS/2 i8042 keyboard) make its way from linux kernel to userland? [duplicate]

I have been trying somewhat unsuccessful to look into how hitting keys on a keyboard ends up with now bytes writen to stdin. I understand that there are different kernels, with different version ...
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transition to Linux and non-Mac keyboards, how do you do copy-cut-paste and avoid pinkie finger stress?

I'm so used to the comfortable layout of Apple keyboards and I like to use the command key for the most often used combination shortcuts (command-C for copy, command-V for paste and so on), which is ...
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How to restore keyboard after deleting packages and a reboot [closed]

I made a terrible (and stupid) mistake. I ran an update operation, and aptitude offered me alternatives that included deleting the xserver-xorg* packages. So I did so, thinking I'd reinstall them ...
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Different keyboard layout for each keyboard

my setup is the following: I have a notebook (with integrated keyboard/non-Apple running Arch) and an external keyboard (fancy Apple keyboard) The problem is that Apple uses a different internal ...
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Change keyboard layout by shortcut (text mode only)

I've got brand new gentoo on my box. No X installed. I want to know correct way to setup changing keyboard layout while in text mode. (Basically I need a simple way of cycling between three keyboard ...
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Keyboard doesn't work in X11 after resuming from sleep/suspend

My computer: Debian 8.3 Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3 (2016-01-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux Dell Latitude 5420 I'm using XMonad window manager, some applets (in stalonetray) ...
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Using overlay feature much like a shift

Using XKB, how could I make the keyboard send the keysym <RTRN> when I press Ctrl-J? The goal is to make sure that every program recognizes this key combination. I know there are overlays. But ...