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

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using script function rather than keyboard input

I'm writing a shell script to change a user's password. I tried to use the passwd command, but that command always asks for the old and new passwords to be typed; it won't accept them from my script. ...
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how is a keyboard shortcut given to the correct program?

in Ubuntu (or for that matter most other linux distros), I could use the shortcut ctrl+t to open a new tab (in firefox or similar), or I could use alt+tab to make unity switch highlighted window, or I ...
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Why don't emacs keybindings work on Mint 17.1?

I'm migrating from Ubuntu to Mint and loving it so far. One thing has been bugging me. On ubuntu I was able to run: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Emacs" to get ...
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What is the difference between X11 keymapping and virtual console keymapping

In linux we have X11 which governors keyboard layouts but sadly any changes made there don't affect the system as a whole so in a tty you are left with standard qwerty no matter what your X11 ...
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Eye of Gnome (EOG) - Modify Shortcuts

Is there a way to change the default shortcuts of the image viewer Eye of Gnome? I would like to remap a few shortcuts, like the spacebar and mouse thumb buttons. As far as I can tell, the ...
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Method to convert simultaneous key chord / letter key combo into another key?

I'm looking for a method to make simultaneous key presses trigger another, e.g. for the keys W, E, F, pressed simultaneously, to trigger another key press, say, Ctrl+Alt+Esc. My ultimate goal (in ...
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Interference between XF86Display (F4) button and Super button in Xfce keyboard settings

I like the Super button for the Whisker Menu search (xfce4-popup-whiskermenu), which is the default in Linux Mint Xfce (but can be set like that in Xubuntu or other systems with the Xfce desktop) and ...
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Is there any way to identify which application is hijacking a keyboard shortcut?

Some application on my system (Ubuntu Linux 13.0) is hijacking a specific keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Space). I don't know which one it is and would like to identify it. How can I do this?
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Change control flow key to scroll lock

So, my Scroll Lock key doesn't have much use, while I keep hitting Ctrl+S with no intention of stopping control flow. I know how to disable Ctrl+S from locking scroll (stty -ixon), but can I use ...
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How do I combine two keys to act as FN key with xbindkeys?

I have been hammering my head on the wall for the past two days trying to figure out a way to combine two keys to execute a function with xbindkeys. To make a long story short I have a chromebook ...
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xmodmap keybindings don't work

I am trying to use Xmodmap to add some german diareses/umlauts to my keyboard, but Xmodmap is not working with them (but is with other remappings). I am following this guide: German Umlauts on US ...
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Custom global keybindings in cinnamon via gsettings

I am trying to setup some keyboard shortcuts for cinnamon: gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.keybindings custom-list \ "['custom0', \ 'custom1', \ 'custom2', \ 'custom3', \ ...
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Suspend options with KDM greeter

I am not able to suspend my desktop to RAM from the KDM greeter. I am able to suspend it to RAM when logged into KDE using the sleep option from the logout menu and by pressing the sleep key on my ...
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Special custom shortcut

I would like to create a special shortcut that minimize all windows and switch my current desktop to the next one. Could be useful for work. I'm on Fedora 21 with GNOME.
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How to refresh file list in moc?

In moc (music on console), I want to refresh the file list, because I have renamed all files to lowercase and moc still shows uppercase for all files that begin with a number. The help command (h) ...
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mutt: two character sequence commands

Is there any way to define a two-sequence command in the mutt email client? I would like to map gg to the first email, similar to the first line on vim, but I can only find ways to map commands to ...
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Super + Space as shortcut for layout switching. Linux Mint Cinnamon

I have installed Linux Mint with Cinnamon recently. I have swapped my Alt and Super keys and now I want to set Super + Space keys to switch between layouts. How can I do that trick? I've searched this ...
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Restrict Alt+Tab to the current workspace in Gnome 3

Is there a way to tweak Alt+Tab in Gnome 3 so it will iterate windows only in the current workspace? I'm using Debian wheezy.
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execute command on pointer movement, wait and revert?

I've got two pointing devices (touchpad and trackpoint) and the goal is to execute a command when movement (any direction, any distance) is detected on the trackpoint, then wait a configurable amount ...
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how to get list of shortcuts

I am currently using Esc + p to know my previous command run on terminal. similarly there is one like Esc+ Backspace to delete only certain character. I want to know more of such short-cut combos. ...
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bind -x leaves terminal in a state resembling ^V

I define a shell keybinding in my ~/.bashrc like so: bind -x '"\e\C-w":"/usr/bin/reset"' This does make Ctrl-Alt-w launch the reset executable. However, it leaves the terminal in a state that ...
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Keyboard key is not recognized even with showkey

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, in a laptop that I carry around and use with different physical keyboards (as I don't feel comfortable with laptop keyboards) For one of those keyboards (Dell SK-8135) the ...
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When I use left window key + e in konsole it prins 'se'

I was trying to change my keyboard layout and when I tried it in the konsole, I saw that konsole interprets it rather oddly. Win + E executes some hostnames and prints "se" on the prompt. With other ...
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Cinnamon: How to get path in text on GUI window, and how to open terminal at current GUI-window location?

I want to know how to set it so that I see the graphical directory path in text instead of buttons in Cinnamon. I also want to know a way to open a terminal at the GUI-window's current path. Like ...
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Setting a shift-like key for changing language layout in KDE

Is there a way to set a shift-like (not tab-like) hot-key for changing language layout in a KDE environment so that the language layout toggles again when the key is pressed and toggles to the ...
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Bind ctrl+space to backspace

I would like to make ctrl+space shortcut do a backspace. I can run a command, but is there a way or a program that emulate directly the key pressed?
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Bind right click contect menu to key

I'm using a Latitude DELL notebook with XUbuntu which is working really well. But there's this one issue. The missing "context menu" key which is usually between CTRL and AltGR. I already found a way ...
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What is <Primary> for a key?

I just saw a weird shortcut in dconf-editor: <Primary><Alt>KP_End What is <Primary>? I also saw an Above-Tab key. I completely understand what that is referring to, but were are ...
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Which application receives which hotkey? (List X clients which hold key grabs.) [duplicate]

How can I list the X clients which registered for a specific keyboard event (i.e. a key press; a shortcut thing). Those things are called passive key(board) grabs. And the list should contain what ...
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How to debug what blocks a key sequence in urxvt?

According to this port, i made these configuration in my .Xresources for urxvt: URxvt*keysym.Control-1: \033[27;5;49~ URxvt*keysym.Control-2: \033[27;5;50~ ...
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How to map emacs multi-modifier keys in vim?

I want to be able to map the multi-modifier keys of emacs in vim. I am trying this for exiting vim: imap <C-x><C-c> <ESC>ZZ However, this does not work.
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Set focus to newly open window

I use Archlinux 3.17.2-1 with gnome-shell 3.14.1.5-1 I use keyboard shortcut to open various applications, for instance Ctrl+Alt+G opens gnome-terminal and Ctrl+Alt+T opens xfce4-terminal When ...
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Tmux commands: What is M-whatever

Might be a very silly question to many folks out there, but I'm dense! Ex: Applying predefined layouts: C-a M-1 switch to even-horizontal layout C-a M-2 switch to even-vertical layout ...
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“Switch windows of an application” shortcut has an associated “Switch to previous window of an application” shortcut

The application switcher is no longer switching backwards with Shift+Alt+Tab. It does switch backwards with Shift+Super+Tab. I am using the alternative Alt-Tab extension. I tried disabling it but ...
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How to use the '-config' option of `setxkbmap`?

I have a keymap file with this content: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { include "evdev+aliases(qwerty)" }; xkb_types { include "complete+numpad(shift3)" }; xkb_compat { include ...
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How to delete a word next of last slash

I have the following path : $ vim /path/to/some/where If I press Ctrl + w, It removes entire text to first space. The result would be : $ vim How do I delete just the word next of last slash ...
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Mapping key bindings

Background: I got an Acer Chromebook yesterday and I am running Ubuntu on it (I am also somewhat new to Linux). The keyboard does not have dedicated Home and End buttons since in ChromeOS there are ...
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How to kill app that captures keyboard input for killing the app?

I'm using the i3wm. When I run Open Arena I can't force kill it with Mod+Shift+Q like I can with other apps, I can't restart the wm or anything. Open Arena is stealing the keyboard input. So ...
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Is there a shortcut (missing?) to move tab in xfce4 terminal app?

Using xfce4 in a Debian/Linux Jessie/Sid distribution, I am unable to find or set shortcut to move tab position in xfce4 terminal, like Ctrl-Shift-DgDown/PgUp in gnome terminal. This is really ...
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Find out which application listens to specific key bindings? [duplicate]

Is there an application to know which key is bound by which process and therefore not usable in another application?
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XFCE how to show pop up when using sound function keys

On Unity and Ubuntu, I noticed that if I change the volume via function keys, it shows a pop up. Can I have the same ability with Arch and Xfce? It already does it with brightness (if I press the ...
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Simulate PrintScreen key press

I want to write a script that changes the window focus, and sends keyboard commands, such as print screen, and arrow keys, to the system. As in I need print screen to capture my desktop, not the ...
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Using xbindkeys to bind the meta key (a.k.a. super key / Windows key) to left click and allow drag and drop

Is there any way to bind the meta key (a.k.a. super key / Windows key) to a left click using xbindkeys? I would like that hitting the meta key triggers a left click, and hold down the meta key allows ...
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How to create custom keyboard binding

Is there a way to modify keyboard layout in Gnome in a such way that the following modifications will be available? ; --- Backspace <Alt-;> --- ; <Alt-h> --- LeftArrow <Alt-j> --- ...
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Dead keys maps missing in certain programs only

I cannot use ^ with certain programs. I'm working in KDE on OpenSUSE 13.1 64b. ^ works as a dead key in Konsole, Firefox, Chrome, Gvim. ^ has no effect (pressing ^ then a just inserts a) in Xterm, ...
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How to use CapsLock instead of Escape in Vim?

I would like to map my CapsLock to Escape. How do I represent CapsLock in .vimrc? I know to map space to a command I would do something like this: :map <space> viw How would I map CapsLock ...
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Does gnome-terminal have an equivalent for xterm's modifyOtherKeys?

xterm has a modifyOtherKeys option that tells it to construct an escape sequence for various key combinations that are normally not available. That option can be enabled in .Xdefaults, or with a ...
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How to enable yank-nth-arg using vi mode on Bash?

Hey guys I'm trying to figure out how can I take my nth arg, from my last command, without using the !:nth. In a normal bash (emacs mode) I can do that using the follow shortcuts: <ESC>nth_arg ...
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Auto-Complete and Shortcut Keys for Linux

I'm looking for something that will allow me to type anywhere, on anything and for this software to auto-complete. I used FastKeys on Windows which would also allow you to do custom shortcuts to open ...
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How to switch between the virtual consoles ttyv1, ttyv2 10 on FreeBSD?

The CTRL+ALT+F1..F12 keybinding does not work. I'm using kde interface.