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

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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 ...
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In GNOME 3, how does one assign keyboard shortcuts for applications besides the default applications?

In GNOME 3, there's a facility to assign keyboard shortcuts for applications like your default browser, default email client, default terminal etc. How do I do this for other applications?
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Terminator: Shortcuts for Prev and Next?

In terminator, the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F opens up a small bar at the bottom of the window to let the user search a text string within the terminal scrollback. Are there any keyboard ...
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How to execute shortcut keys from command line?

I am running Gnome. I would like to execute a shortcut key combination from the command line. For example, type a command that generates the key codes for Ctrl+Alt+Left. Does anyone know of a way to ...
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Yanking URLs in w3m

I have been using w3m for a couple of weeks and am convinced that it is my preferred text browser - with one exception. Is there any way to yank URLs to the clipboard without using the mouse? I have ...
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Working with screen and emacs

I'm working with emacs (on the terminal) and I use screen to switch between terminals. The key combination Ctrl+A is grabbed by screen. Is there a way to change screen key binding?
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erratic keyboard shortcut behavior - gnome debian testing

Sometimes my keyboard shortcuts in gnome do not work (ctrl-alt-right for next desktop, ctrl-alt-m for menu, ctrl-alt-b for browser, et cetera) Sometimes after rebooting they do work. I wish I ...
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Pasting X selection (not clipboard contents) with keyboard

I'd like to be able to paste the X selection using the keyboard. Currently I have to use the middle mouse button to do this. I gather that faking a middle mouse button press is fairly easy to do, ...
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Why does US International Keyboard break Alt_R

All adding the U.S. English International (with dead keys) keyboard layout breaks my Alt_R key. Any ideas why? I'm working on RHEL 5.5 using GNOME. The problem disappears if I remove the additional ...
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How to disable “Resize Window” shortcut (Alt-F8)?

I disabled this shortcut it via System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts, but it still persists. Furthermore, it takes precedence over Alt-F8 in other apps. How do I really disable this shortcut? Do I ...
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Reverse control-code look up for terminals

My understanding is that terminals often use ANSI control-codes to represent non-alphanumeric character sequences. For example, when editing .inputrc for Bash in Linux, it's easy to find code ...
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Mapping key combination with xmodmap

I'm trying to achieve the following mapping keycode 135 = <Ctrl-C> Is it possible to achieve this in some way?
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How to change previous/next word shortcut in bash?

How do I configure Ctrl-Left and Ctrl-Right as previous/next word shortcuts for bash (currently alt-b and alt-f)?
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Can I change a shortcut key to Windows key?

I'm trying to change the shortcut key for "Run Application" ( Alt+F2 ) to the Windows key. When I click "Show the panel's Run application dialog box" in Keyboard Shorcuts, it says "New Shortcut", ...
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Adding Ctrl-L as “clear” hotkey in OpenBSD's ksh

I've been looking for a way to use Ctrl-L to clear the monitor instead of typing clear in each time. I found nothing except a patch which didn't work for me. How do I add hotkeys/shortcuts to my ...
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Enable kill X.org with an own key combination

I've just read Enable kill X.org with ctrl+alt+backspace and am really happy, that control-alt-backspace no longer kills my X-Server. However, I'd like to have a way to kill it; it just should be ...
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Jump to start of the line in Bash's Vi mode

I'm using Bash Vi mode (aka set -o vi). Still I miss the Ctrl-A shortcut from Emacs mode, which is very handy. Many times I'm retrieving the last command and append an echo to the beginning of the ...
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In Gnu Emacs how do I set up a global key to toggle the menu-bar?

Using Gnu Emacs 23.1.1 on Ubuntu 10.04... I'm currently a total newb with emacs, and I've decided to go cold turkey with the Gnome menu bar. (but I do want it to be "available" for the teething ...
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Can less invoke vim instead of the default vi when I hit the 'v' key?

I want to launch vim instead of the default vi editor when I hit v in less. Are there any settings I can modify to allow me to do this?
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Fluxbox shortcut to open an xterm, or switch to an existing one

Is it possible using fluxbox to setup up a shortkey to say winkey+r that opens up a terminal (say xterm or whatever) with these properties: If there is already a terminal that the working directory ...