Questions about how to run a program or other operating system function when a given combination of keys is pressed.

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Shortcut key for scrolling inside a terminal

What is the shortcut key for scrolling inside a terminal? If I hit the Up or Down arrow or PageUp or PageDown, it will only traverse through command history, not let me traverse the previous part ...
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How do I disable a keyboard shortcut in gnome-shell?

There are tutorials all over the web on how to set various functionalities to activate on a keyboard shortcut, but so far I'm unable to figure out how to un-set a keyboard shortcut. That is, how do I ...
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What does this output from xev mean?

I'm interested in remapping some keys on my keyboard. In particular, I want to hold down the Function key, press the F1 key, and have this trigger a script. I know that xev is useful for figuring out ...
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Is there a way to remap the AltGr key to Ctrl with setxkbmap?

I've already checked the option section in /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst but I didn't find an entry for AltGr...
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How to bypass GNOME Terminal when sending keyboard input?

When running an interactive shell application, how can I send it a key (or key combination) which would normally be intercepted by GNOME Terminal? In this particular instance it's the F10 key which is ...
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Apple keyboard in openbox

I just upgraded from Fedora 15 to 16. I'm using Openbox as an alternative to Gnome 3. The problem is that I cannot find a way of using the multimedia keys properly in Openbox. Changing the keyboard ...
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Ctrl+F2 no longer opens the app launcher in Gnome 2

In KDE I press Alt+F2 and the app launcher opens. In Gnome, however, I press Ctrl+F2, it doesn't work. When I first installed Mint 12, it was working, but I think it stopped working when I installed ...
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Ctrl + c will not kill process

I have looked for answers and so far have found nothing to answer my question. I am currently logging in to my Ubuntu server and upon running a process I can not run any of the interrupts on it. Here ...
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Moving through history of commands on command line?

I used to use Up/Down to move through the history of commands. Then, a few days later it changed to Ctrl-p/Ctrl-n. Now this also doesn't work to move through the history of commands entered. How can ...
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GNOME 3 Ctrl+Alt+D (show desktop)

I recently upgraded my system to GNOME 3. In previous versions of GNOME, the key combination Ctrl+Alt+D would hide all open windows and show the Desktop. This shortcut was eliminated from GNOME 3 ...
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Is there a way to assign a shortcut key to nautilus' right click context menu?

Does anyone know of a way to assign a shortcut key combination to the menu items in the context menu that pops up in nautilus when you click on a file?
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How to add additional Gnome-Shell and Unity workspace navigation shortcuts

I am very familiar with (and love) the workspace switching in Gnome-Shell and Unity (using Ctrl+Alt+[Up/Down/Right/Left]), but being a vim fan, it would also be great if I could add an additional ...
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In vim, search backwards for matching braces/parens

As most of you probably know, you can use % to search forwards on the line to find the next paired brace/bracket/paren and move to its matched partner: |a|rray[index] = value; " |e| is the cursor; ...
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Copy/Paste with keyboard in rxvt

I know that I can copy and paste text in rxvt by using the middle mouse button, but I was wondering if there was a way to define keyboard-shortcuts in the .Xdefaults for copy and pasting text. ...
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How to get vim to work with tmux properly?

I'm trying to figure out how to get vim and tmux play together. My problem is: When I use xterm-256color I get vim to work nicely, but the background doesn't render properly. I fixed this by using ...
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Can I access Nth line number of standard output?

Assuming a script that outputs a list of files: $> bash someScript.sh path/to/some/file path/to/the/file/i/want/to/work/with path/to/yet/another/file Now I want to have the second file-path as ...
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How do I disable the left-(meta|windows) key binding in gnome-shell

I changed the keybinding to Show the activities overview in the panel System Settings / Keyboard / Shortcuts to Shift-ESC, but the left-meta or left-windows key is still bringing it up. How do I ...
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What does GNOME do with multimedia keys?

GNOME makes multimedia keys, such as fn+directional keys on my laptop, maybe dedicated keys on your keyboard, into very useful keys. They seem to work with a large number of application. What can I do ...
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Shell: how to go to the beginning of line when you are inside a screen?

I am inside a screen (screen -Ra). I have a long command, and I am at the end. Instead of keeping the left arrow, how can you go to the beginning of the line? CTRL-A works when I am in a normal ...
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console vim in screen session: remap Ctrl-Shift-Left, Ctrl-Shift-Right to not delete lines

I have my gvim setup so that I can select word-wise with Ctrl-Shift-Right, Ctrl-Shift-Left etc. (yes, I know it's a bad habit, but it works for me..). Unfortunately, these key combinations delete ...
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Scrolling on very long files (1M+ lines) on Emacs

I was wondering if besides the basic navigation commands: C-p : Jump backwards one line. C-n : Jump forward one line. C-v : Jump forward one full screen. M-v : Jump backwards one full screen. M-a : ...
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Remapping Ctrl-l in bash

Can one remap Ctrl-l in bash to execute more than just clear? I know normally it just clears the screen. I'm looking to change that to clear the screen and list my pwd like so: Ctrl-l:clear;ls;
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Regaining usage of volume control media keys after removing pulseaudio

I am running a GNOME 3 fallback desktop in Debian testing, and I removed some pulseaudio packages, for I don't need the advanced functionality. That resulted in my multimedia keys that control speaker ...
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What is bash's meta key?

I tried to use xmodmap to map META_L to the MENU key but it doesn't seem to be accepted by bash as the meta key. So, I am wondering how these components (keyboard, X, xterm, bash) relate to each in ...
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How can I find what is interfering with CTRL+F?

I'm running LinuxMint12 with Gnome with Cario-Dock and I have a logitech G15 keyboard. I set up a bash script with the extra keys to take the active window, resize it, and move it to a specific ...
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Problem with meta key on Emacs

I have a problem with meta key in Emacs. I trying to use M-> or M-< but in fedora meta key is left Alt that is key change layout (alt+shift) when i press M->(alt+shift+>). How people solve this ...
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uemacs 4.0.15 strange key bindings

Playing around with uemacs I noticed that some of the default alternative key bindings are set to the Fn key in combination with a different key (for example, an alternative for 'help' is set to FNh, ...
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Is it possible to configure ctrl-w (delete word)?

Normally, Ctrl+W deletes back to the last whitespace. Is it possible to configure it to use additional characters, such as /? Edit: To be more clear: I don't want to configure the key for it, I want ...
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How to limit a search to the current line

VIM newbie here. I'm trying to write a mapping that will let me move around 'common' insertion points in a line when in insert mode. For ex. I have the delimitMate plugin - so typing a opening ...
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Remap bash vi keys?

I use Dvorak and vi, so when I found out about the vi mode in Bash, I was very excited. However, it would be even better if I could remap the movement keys to be the ones that I use in vi (I swap keys ...
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How can I keep control+d from disconnecting my session?

I regularly ssh to a centos 5 box. Somehow they keys are mapped so that control+d will log me out of my current shell. If I am sudo'ed to another use it puts me back to the previous user. If I am not ...
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Vim shortcuts in insert mode

When I'm entering some text in vim, sometimes I need to jump to some other place and enter more text. I know there are some shortcuts with ctrl key to simplify the movement. What are the most useful ...
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How to move window in GNU Screen

I have a window called 'Codes' in window 1, and I want to move it to window 7, is it possible?
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Can you switch between windows within an application in Openbox?

Is it possible to set up a keybinding in Openbox for switching between open windows within an application? Just like you can in gnome 3 with alt + [key above Tab] .
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Making shortcuts cross desktop environment, possible?

I'm a big fan of keyboards, so a lot of thing a done by combination of keys, like open a file browser, web browser etc. Is there some daemon that can monitor my key presses, and launch some program ...
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ratpoison keyboard shortcut conflicts

I recently installed ratpoison as my first real foray into tiling window managers. The first problem I ran into is that the Ctrl-t keybinding used for ratpoison commands conflicts with those of other ...
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Why do different terminals have different values for keys in the .inputrc file?

This question really started from here. I would like to know why different terminals like rxvt and xterm use different values when mapping key combinations? Whilst I am in rxvt or xterm how can I find ...
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Some keyboard shortcuts do not work in Compiz

I've bound Win-R with the Run Application dialog in Metacity. However, the shortcut doesn't work when switched to Compiz. The entry Show the panel's "Run application" dialog box even doesn't appear in ...
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Is it possible to stop emacs from down translating my key chords?

emacs has the default behaviour of double-guessing which key-combo (chord) I've pressed. It automatically down-translates to a lesser chord when the key-combo I pressed is unassigned, eg. ...
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Fetching user input while running in the background

I am writing a script that prompts the user for input and does some processing afterwards. I was using read to get the data, but then I noticed that when the script is ran with a keyboard shortcut (I ...
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How to map a complex multi-key combination into a shortcut to execute a process, in X (across WMs etc)?

I am wondering how can I make a complex multi-key combination like say, Ctrl+Alt+T into a shortcut to execute me a process,xterm for instance? The important caveat is that I want it wired into either ...
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Custom hotkeys in dwm

I'm trying to create an array of simple hotkeys on my desktop, running OpenSuse with dwm. Things like: Ctrl+E /opt/eclipse/eclipse Can this be configured from within dwm? If not is there an ...
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How can I change the behavior of hotkeys in xmonad if the program is running?

I'm using a few key mappings in my xmonad.hs configuration file: ... , modMask = mod4Mask -- Rebind Mod to the Windows key ... [ ((controlMask, xK_Print), spawn "sleep 0.2; scrot -s") , ...
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How to redefine kde4 keyboard shortcuts

I recently switched to using KDE 4, and I don't like that KDE uses so many of the Ctrl-Fn shortcut keys, since I use them for other purposes. Specifically, I'd like to disable the Ctrl-F4 shortcut in ...
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Meta key does not open “Activities” menu in Gnome 3

I've started using the Gnome 3 packages that just came through the Debian testing repositories, and encountered a problem. Hitting the Super/Meta/Windows key would not open "Activities" menu. Other ...
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Global keyboard shortcut (inittab?)

Is it possible to create a keyboard shortcut that will run: shutdown -h now When I press Ctrl + 9, for example.
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How to set up backspace to go up instead of back in Thunar?

I'd like pressing backspace to step one level up (outside) in a directory hierarchy instead of going to the previous opened location. How to configure this in Thunar?
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How to switch X windows from the command-line?

How can I create a script that automatically switches windows? I'm trying to do the same thing Alt+Tab does.
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What does pressing Alt+Shift+3 do in Terminal?

What does pressing Alt + Shift + 3 in Terminal do? All I can see is that it prints a pound sign and jumps to the next line, but, supposedly, it does something special.
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How do I find out what action or command or script is assigned to a hardware button?

I'm trying to assign a correct rotation on my tablet. http://superuser.com/questions/340516/assigning-a-rotation-script-to-a-hardware-button One way to do this is using gnome keyboard shortcuts. ...