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

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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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Gnome stop grabbing my emacs keys

I am using Gnome in Ubuntu 11.04. I work a lot in Emacs, and I find that the Gnome window manager grabs some of the Emacs keys. To some extent, I can stop this by laboriously going through each of ...
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How can I reset all the bind keys in my Bash?

I bound some keys by mistake, and they don't work any more, such as HOME, END, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT. Is there a way to reset all the bound keys to their original state?
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Home key not working in terminal

I am using GNOME Terminal 2.7.3 and zsh 4.3.9 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu) Home and End are not working. Nothing happens and nothing gets displayed when I press them. but they work when I press shift + ...
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Weird control-d behavior

I can use cat as a very simple text editor by doing cat > foo.txt. If I then type: bar baz and then press ctrl+D, it now looks like this: $ cat > foo.txt bar baz^D with the cursor at the ...
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Ctrl+C does not work in gnome-terminal

On my Linux host, Ctrl+C does not seem to work and I do not know how to proceed to make it work. I am using Ubuntu 10.04 with bash 4.1.5(1), and working in Gnome-terminal. When I pressed Ctrl+C while ...
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How I can get keycode and make multimedia keys usable?

I've an Asus N73S which have non-functional multimedia keys. I have "direct access" keys but also "indirect access" keys (via Fn + ...). The "Windows" key doesn't work either. These keys don't ...
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Disable action keys

I'm running openSUSE on HP Pavilion dm4. I have a bunch of action keys (volume up/down, brightness, wifi etc.) on my function keys. For using standard Fx keys I have to hold Fn key. The problem is ...
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Select code block in vim

Given a code like this: 588 while ($linecounter > 0) { 589 $token = " "; 590 while ($token != PHP_EOL) { 591 if (fseek($handle, $pos, SEEK_END) == ...
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Bash: keybinding/trap issue

My .bashrc has the following: # Alt+L lists current directory bind -x "\"\el\":ls -ltrF --color=auto;" # trap commands and echo them to xterm titlebar. trap 'echo -ne "\033]0;$BASH_COMMAND - ...
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In emacs, how can I pass an argument to a function in a keybinding defintion

I want to create a keybinding for funcion end-of-line+ and pass a value of -1 to i. The function is declared as: (end-of-line+ &optional n) The first of the following snippets below, works ...
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How can I prevent Control+Alt+D from logging me out (of Gnome 2.22 on Debian 5)?

I was using Emacs, and typed Control+Alt+D in order to run Emacs' "down-list" command. I was dismayed to see, however, that I was instantly logged out; I assume this is some Gnome keyboard shortcut. ...
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Getting tmux to copy a buffer to the clipboard

I am trying to figure out a decent way to copy what I have in a tmux buffer into my clipboard. I have tried a couple of different things like bind-key p select-pane -t 2 \; split-window 'xsel -i ...
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how to close all panes but the current pane in tmux

I have a key bound to setup panes to my liking, but sometimes things get messed up or out of hand and I want to close all the panes and rerun the script. Is there a simple tmux command to close all ...
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How to map ALT key in .vimrc?

In order to be able add blank lines without going into insertion mode, I'm trying to map ALT-o and ALT-O to o<ESC> and o<ESC> I've tried the following in my .vimrc map <M-o> ...
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Tutorial about key maping in KSH in EMACS mode

Are there any good tutorial to learn about Key Maping in Korn Shell (AIX) in EMACS mode ?
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Is there a vim shortcut for <name of current file>?

In vim, if I'm working on a Python script, I will commonly type: :! python this_script.py to execute the script. Is there a shortcut for the name of the current file? If not, can I easily make one? ...
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Can I set a gnome keyboard shortcut to be a prefix key, like in emacs, tmux or screen?

I would like to setup some Gnome keyboard shortcuts to be a prefix-key, so that I can add several shortcuts with the same prefix. Eg. I'd like to be able to have Super+x be a prefix key, with the ...