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

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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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Shortcut keys that are independent to keyboard layout

Is there a way to define an association of a particular physical key of the keyboard to some action, independently of the letter that this key is associated to in any layout? Example: In most ...
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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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confusing behavior of emacs-style keybindings in bash

Bash offers many useful emacs-style keybindings for simple commandline editing. For example, Ctrl+w deletes ("kills") word left from the cursor. Another keybinding, Alt+d is supposed to be a "mirror" ...
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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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How to enable killing Xorg with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

I don't remember why they did this, but at one point X.org decided that disabling CtrlAltBackspace to kill it was a good idea. I know there's a way to re-enable it but I don't remember how. Can ...
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Cut + Copy + Paste in Linux Puppy Wary

Trying to cut + copy + paste from the standard urxvt shell in Puppy Linux Wary 5.3. If I follow this post on http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=15085 and I press: in urxvt: ctrl + ...
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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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What is meant by a shell is in “vi” mode or “emacs” mode?

This question follows directly from the answer to one of my previous questions here. I am newbie to unix world and this site has helped a lot to understand some core concepts. In this case I am ...
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How to execute a script in shell when a shortcut key is pressed

How could I execute a script in Shell when a shortcut key is pressed. Essentially what I need is when a shortcut key is pressed the script should read from a file and display that content in 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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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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How to get keycodes for xmodmap?

I'm trying to use xmodmap to remap Alt / Super keys on Dell L100 keyboard, and have trouble getting the keycodes. For instance, using xev doesn't give me keycode for Alt FocusOut event, serial 36, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to detect global key presses

I have an Asus laptop that has a special key that can be configured to launch any software (at least on Windows). The general question is: how can I detect any key press (globally)? Then, how ...
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How to set a single modifier key as a shortcut in openbox?

I want to have my super key start dmenu. I have set it as a keyboard shortcut in my rc.xml as follows: <keybind key="0xffeb"> <action name="Execute"> ...
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How to have longer key bindings for stty

If I want to have more than 2 key sequence for binding to the suspend signal, how would I do that? To clarify, Ctrlz is for suspending. But if I want Ctrlz and a k with the previous 2 keys depressed ...
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how to send keyboard signal using a shell script

I have an application in graphical interface that when I run it, it's not opened in full screen mode, but when I use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Ctrl+M , it becomes fullscreen, I want to change the ...
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Associating a function in Emacs after looking up the code with M-x describe-key

I would like to associate the following function (which toggles on and off full-screen on the active buffer): (defun toggle-maximize-buffer () "Maximize buffer" (interactive) (if (= 1 (length ...
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How to catch keystrokes in Linux environment

I need a C code to be executed when some particular keys are pressed in Linux "Desktop" environment. What are the ways to register for such an event and How? Should I write ISR for that? I need an ...
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Ctrl-s hang terminal emulator?

I came across a sentence in vimdoc: Note: CTRL-S does not work on all terminals and might block further input, use CTRL-Q to get going again. and this key indeed hangs my vim. I was ...
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Whisker menu remove keyboard shortcut

Using Linux mint 16, with XFCE as desktop environment. I have a problem removing the default keyboard shortcut (Super_L), for opening the Whisker menu. The shortcut shows up in Application shortcuts, ...
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How do I quit from Vi?

I started Vi on my Ubuntu machine. However I don't know Vi, and now I can not quit. I see the editor and I can write text, at the bottom line there is a label "recording". How do I quit from Vi?
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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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How to close any window in Awesome WM?

Desktop application developers are free to choose which keyboard shortcuts they want to support. On Windows the convention is pretty strong: Alt-F4 closes most applications Ctrl-F4 closes most major ...
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key bindings table?

Do we have a key bindings table that translates all the various ways of referring to a key press? I'm using zsh, but I presume that if there was such a table it would work for any shell. The reason I ...
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Keyboard Shortcut To Send Text Strings To Program

How can I configure a shortcut key to send a text string to the current program? The purpose is to type common entries quicker (email address, street address, phone number, username, favorite quote, ...
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xkb: make ctrl+backspace behave as delete

How can I map ctrl+backspace to behave as delete key with xkb? I can remap a single key on /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc but can't figure out how to do the combination. My OS is Ubuntu 15.04
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Emacs commands in xterm

I found that the commands I used to use in gnome-terminal, those I learned in Emacs, are only partially working in xterm. In some cases, I get strange chars like ÿ, æ, and â instead. Do you know how ...
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tmux after start

Can I configure tmux so it will after running tmux automatically opens two windows named src and cmd? I always type after starting it: prefix + c, prefix + ,srcENTER prefix + c, prefix + ,cmdENTER ...
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Map Super+[Left|Right] to Home/End

How do I map key "Super" so, when combined with Left/Right, it produces keycode Home/End? My current setxkbmap: setxkbmap \ -model pc105 \ -layout 'us(dvorak-intl),us(alt-intl)' \ -option \ ...
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Using Ctrl+[0-9] to cycle between windows using tmux

I have started using tmux but I feel that using Ctrlb0-9 is very annoying, because it's used so often. How do I bind the keyboard so I only need to do Ctrl0-9 for changing windows (like in Chrome)? ...
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Saving with CTRL-s in vim

I have added this line in .vimrc so that pressing control-s saves the current file :nmap <C-s> :w!<cr> :imap <C-s> <esc>:w!<cr> But this is not working. Any ...
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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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How to quickly send commands to nested tmux sessions?

I have the following in my .tmux.conf set -g prefix M-j bind-key j send-prefix I need to press (Atl+J) + (J) + bound-key to send something to the nested tmux session. I feel it is rather slow. Is ...
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Xfce 4: Change global keyboard shortcuts

I use Alt+Space in Emacs, but in Xfce it pops up window manager menu at the upper left corner of a window. How do i disable Alt+Space for Xfce and change global keyboard shortcuts in general?
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Alt-Left to skip words does not work in terminal emulators

On a Debian Wheezy machine at previous job, I got used to Alt+Left and Alt+Right to skip between words on active command-line (in bash). However, since at home I have upgraded to Jessie (Debian 8.0, ...
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keyboard hard remap keys?

I am trying to find a way to remap keyboard keys forcefully. I tried using xmodmap and setxkbmap, but they do not work for one specific application. Such commands work for other normal ...
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Save custom keyboard shortcuts in Gnome

On my Debian system I've customized my Gnome (Shell) keyboard shortcuts, via System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Where do I find the file with these settings so that I can copy the file onto a ...
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Rebinding “clear prompt” in mutt

By default, when entering information at the command prompt in mutt, you can clear the prompt with Ctrlg, as described in the manual: ^G n/a abort I have been trying to bind ...
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How to make a key simulate another key?

In my keyboard the I key doesn't work. So, I use an on-screen keyboard. I'm using Ubuntu 13.04. But its hectic. Is there a way so that I can make another key (for example Home on my keypad) to behave ...
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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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Bash: How do I move my cursor to the left a word-at-a-time?

In OSX I can just hold down the option key and press the left cursor key until I get to the word I need to edit (or in Vi I can just hit b, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do this in ...
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How to bind 'tab' and 'shift+tab' in gnu screen?

As the title says, how do I bind the keys 'tab' and 'shift+tab' in screen? My problem is that I don't know what to pass to the screen command "bind" to designate these keystrokes. BTW, I'm aware of ...
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How can I assign a keyboard shortcut to a specific application in Openbox?

I use the web browser Uzbl and the window manager Openbox, and I wondered if I could configure openbox to add a keyboard shortcut to minimize / maximize Uzbl's window ...
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Configuring shortcuts for Sakura

I am massively confused by the sakura terminal emulator's .conf file. I want to make Alt+; open a new tab and Alt+: close a tab. I have tried: add_tab_key=alt+; add_tab_key=alt-; add_tab_key=; None ...