General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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command line retrieve list of all valid kbd layouts, variants and toggle options (to use with setxkbmap)

Is there a way from command line to retrieve the list of all available keyboard layouts and relative variants? I need to list all the valid layout/variants choices to be used then from setxkbmap. ...
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Is there something that will generate keyboard's click sounds?

I miss using a clicky keyboard at work. It's a fairly quiet office, so I'm stuck using a nearly silent keyboard. The upshot is that I can wear headphones. Is there something in Linux or X that can ...
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Custom keyboard layout is reset to default after standby or reboot

I designed a keyboard layout for myself, after I run xmodmap it works OK, but after standby or reboot, the layout turn back to qwerty. How can I set it as default? My OS is Debian Wheezy with XFCE4. ...
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Using setkeycodes to map pressed and released to different “keys”

I have a keyboard that has a scroll wheel, but it doesn't work on Ubuntu and xev command doesn't show anything when moving it. But with the dmesg command I found this: When moving the scroll wheel ...
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Switch Fn key state

I have this issue with Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge. Its keyboard has Fn key, which acts in my Ubuntu (with Fluxbox) as if it is always "active/pressed". I can't use standard F1-F12 keys unless I hold ...
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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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How to disable keyboard?

Without unplugging my keyboard I'd like to disable it from the terminal; I was hoping that this could be done using rmmod but based on my currently loaded modules it doesn't look like it is possible. ...
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Does the Fn Lock (FnLk) on Thinkpad T440s work well with Linux?

I'm considering to buy a Lenovo Thinkpad T440s and to install Linux on it. According to the user guide and photos of T440s, to use F1-F12 you have to hold down the Fn key, or use Fn+Esc to enable "Fn ...
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monitoring events (keyboard, mouse) in X

Is it possible to display all events that are generated in Xorg? Such as keyboard pressed, mouse events...?
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Switch VI to use backspace key instead of Control+H for backspace?

I'm on Solaris 10 and by default vi version SVR4.0, Solaris 2.5.0 is installed. The system was set up so that when I ssh to it Control+H does backspace, and backspace outputs ^? I added stty erase ...
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Share keyboard over network as separate device?

I am trying to achieve something similar to this: http://superuser.com/questions/67659/linux-share-keyboard-over-network The difference is that I need the remote keyboard to be usable separate from ...
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Korn Shell: End, pgup, pgdown, and delete key not working

So basically my End, Pageup/Pagedown, and Delete key are not working in ksh93. I'm running FreeBSD by the way. My arrow keys are working, and so is my home key. Those keys work when I put this in my ...
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Application-specific keymapping

In general, I want to make specific keymaps for application, that working only in it and doesn't affect any other app. For example, I already use my Caps key to toggle input language (via xorg.conf), ...
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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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How do I temporary change my keyboard layout on Debian? (no X)

How can I quickly change my keyboard layout between US and German? setxkbmap does not apply here, as I only have an SSH shell. Persistent changes via dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration ...
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how to assign another modifier to Alt key for X11?

Aim: I would like to assign Alt to CapsLock-key, and Meta to Alt-key. But in such way, Alt-key would no longer be recognized as Alt, and CapsLock-key would no longer be recognized as CapsLock. ...
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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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assign shortcut key to run a script

I've written a script to change the brightness of my screen. It's useful when I am working on text mode and shortcut keys of my keyboard to change brightness doesn't work. Is it possible to run this ...
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Why don't Page U/Down, Home/End work in less on Solaris over ssh from Ubuntu?

I need to work on a Solaris server over ssh from my Ubuntu (Lucid) laptop. I got Home/End Insert/Delete Page Up/Down working in csh and bash using bindkey and ~/.inputrc, respectively. But I can't ...
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Grub 'incompatible license' error

The other day, I was using a laptop for general desktop use when its keyboard began to act up. Most of the keys on the keyboard's right side stopped working entirely and key combinations such as Ctrlu ...
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USB Keyboard does not work with Grub

I am setting up Arcade Puppy http://scottjarvis.com/page105.htm on an old Dell GX50 PC. Instead of using a PS2 style keyboard which I don't have I opted for a low profile generic USB keyboard. The ...
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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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Why does mapping <esc> cause arrow keys to fail in vim?

When I do inoremap <Esc> <Esc>`^ in vim, the next time I switch to insert mode (after using Esc) the arrow keys fail to move the cursor (they insert letters instead). Why does that ...
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Create and set custom keyboard layout

I want to create and set a custom keyboard layout with setxkbmap. I created a file in ~/.xkb/prog with this content: partial default alphanumeric_keys xkb_symbols "basic" { include "latin(type4)" ...
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AltGr keys don't work with Ubuntu in VirtualBox

I just installed VirtualBox (from Oracle) in Windows 7, and created a virtual machine with latest Ubuntu. Here in Firefox I can use the left Ctrl key, while the right one doesn't have any effect. ...
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Autohotkey Equivalent?

Is there an equivalent product/method for AutoHotkey. For those that don't know, its a product that allows you to program your mouse movements and keyboard. This allows me to "macro" certain functions ...
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Why does showkey show a different keycode compared to xev?

Looking for an answer I came across this question. There's something like this: The keycode X uses and the keycode the kernel uses are OFF BY 8 for "historical reasons". So take 97 - 8 = 89 and ...
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Turn off Caps lock when Escape is pressed

Is there any way to disable CapsLock whenever Esc is pressed. Yes, I use VIM! I actually have an alternative all-caps keyboard layout on Ctrl-6 but I find it cumbersome and would prefer to just have ...
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How to get all my keys to send keycodes

I'm using Gentoo with XFCE. I have a logitech K350 keyboard, all but a few of the keys work as expected but there is one specific key that I want to use but when I run showkey no key codes are being ...
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Cannot pair my generic keyboard via automatic PIN

I am using Xubuntu, pure Xfce, 64-bit. The problem: I have tried 2 ways; both have failed for different reasons: (1) the commandline way (see below) fails because at no stage does it actually ask ...
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Permanently remapping a key on Linux

I'm using an aluminum Apple keyboard with my Mandriva 2010.2 Linux system. I remap the Apple Command key (⌘) to control using the following .Xmodmap file: keycode 134 = Control_R remove mod4 = ...
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Swapping <esc> and <caps lock> in a way that persists with external keyboards

I have a file called ~/.speedswapper which contains the following: ! Swap caps lock and escape remove Lock = Caps_Lock keysym Escape = Caps_Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape add Lock = Caps_Lock ...
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Debian Wheezy, VirtualBox, HP DV6-7099EL problem with AltGr

I just bought a HP DV6-7099EL laptop (Italian keyboard). I'm going to install Debian in a week or two, I just want to test the computer without touching the partitions (just in case I need ...
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Enabling Numeric Keypad

I have trouble with the numeric keypad (NumLock keys) being unusable while typing. While I don't think it's GUI specific, this happens both in Gnome and KDE. Sometimes it works in TTY, other times it ...
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“usb 3-2: can't set config #1, error -110” - USB keyboard works in Windows 8 laptop but on PC only until Linux boots

I tried 2 new USB keyboards that work until Linux starts booting. When booting I saw: [ 8.365211] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0b23 [ 8.404863] usb 3-2: New USB ...
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Why does Ctrl+Arrow make my terminal switch to a strange mode?

When i type Ctrl+Left or Ctrl+Right within Guake or gnome-terminal the last one's behaviour turns to a some kind of non-usual mode: - key acts like arrow up and + like arrow down, v runs Nano, etc. ...
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How do I change currently selected keyboard layout from command line?

I have my keyboard layouts (two of them) and switching between them configured via the following command: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" Now I want to ...
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Some keys are invalid on emacs when using German keyboard

When I am using emacs 23.3 on KDE, I can not input ^, ´ and ~ from my German keyboard. If I press these keys, then emacs says that <dead-circumflex>, <dead-acute> and <dead-tilde> ...
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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 distinguish input from different keyboards?

I want to write an application in Python that you can use with your default keyboard and a specially designed one for the application. I will design it simply by using a small numerical keyboard with ...
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How to permanently swap esc and caps lock in xfce / xubuntu?

I followed some post a while ago, and it said to make an ~/.xmodmap file like so: ! Swap caps lock and escape remove Lock = Caps_Lock keysym Escape = Caps_Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape add Lock = ...
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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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My keyboard generates spurious events

I have an annoying problem using the terminal and I cannot look for a solution on google because I don't know how to phrase it. That is why I am asking here.. So basically: when I have load of text ...
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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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What are/were the keys on a Sun keyboard for?

I have a Sun type 7 UNIX keyboard that I'd like to get more productivity out of. So what are those extra keys for, or rather, what were they intended for by Sun? And is there a way to approximate ...
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`p` key doesn't work in X

Today I had to force-shutdown my machine after it froze during resume from suspend. Since the reboot, I've found that the p key doesn't work normally in X. It does work normally in the console. ...
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Keyboard macros for X and/or KDE

I'm looking for a utility to record and playback keyboard macros in X applications (KDE specifically). I've tried xmacrorec and xmacroplay, but after running them, my mouse and keyboard does not ...
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Boot process stops until PS/2 key presses?

I'm working on an embedded product based on Gentoo linux 3.6.6 running on a Mini-ITX motherboard. We're looking at switching motherboards (from a Jetway NF9D-2550 to an Advantech EIMB-214), and to ...
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How to detect which keyboard device is being used

I'm working on a computer with two keyboards and two users. They are using different layouts. The two keyboards are identical. Their device ID can be found easily with xinput, but when typing we can't ...
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how to deal with keyboard-greedy apps

I'm having a very specific problem, however any help will aid in understanding X's relationship to the keyboard. I'd like to be able to launch the ElectricSheep program on top of music playing from ...