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

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Keep NumLock always on

I have standard keyboard with numerical keys on the right side (I guess it's called 104-key keyboard). I want to use the numerical keys only as numerical keys. That means, I don't want the NumLock to ...
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USB Mouse and Keyboard not working in Linux 4 Tegra

I'm new to Tegra Linux development. I have a Tamontem NG Evaluation board with the Tegra 3 Chip. I installed L4T sample file system from NVIDIA Tegra resources ...
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Remapping shifted function keys in XKB

I'm working on a keyboard layout for the Khmer language and I'm quickly running out of space. My aim is to create a keymap that includes all the characters in the Khmer script as well was their ...
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Strange behaviour from special keyboard keys

OS: Linux Mint 13 Maya - MATE So, I had a new keyboard through today and there is something strange going on. The following keys are identified as the Shift key. LEFT SHIFT RIGHT SHIFT ...
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Keyboard input to be translated to gamepad (joystick) input?

I'm trying to participate in Steam Hardware Beta for the Steam Machine but I can't complete one of the tasks "Launch and play a game using a gamepad in Big Picture mode" because I don't have a gamepad ...
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Is it possible for a daemon (i.e. background) process to look for key-presses from a USB keyboard?

I'm working on an embedded Linux project where I will be developing a program that will run automatically on bootup and interact with the user via a character display and some sort of button array. ...
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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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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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Script to quickly test all keyboard keys

I need to check some notebooks for bad keyboard keys, and so I'd like to speed that up as much as possible. I found nothing for this specific task, so my idea is a script that reads the pressed keys ...
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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 permanently disable the Insert key on Linux?

The Insert is located right next to Backspace. So when I am using Leafpad, Gedit, etc., I hit Insert by accident often, which causes the cursor to turn into a bold box which over-writes text as I ...
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Some keys keep getting randomnly ignored when typing on my laptop keyboard

Currently, I have Arch Linux 64-bit installed on the Razer Blade Pro laptop. The only problem I have is that some keystrokes get randomly ignored when typing at normal-fast speed (above 5 keys/sec ...
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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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A single key on keyboard produces extra keypresses for each simultaneously pressed key

I recently acquired MK-85 mechanical USB keyboard from QPAD. The keyboard works perfect on Windows. It works perfect in Syslinux. It works almost perfect on Linux. The only issue on Linux is that a ...
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USB keyboard only works intermittently in GRUB 2 on reboots - how to make it work consistently?

Something weird is going on with my keyboard. The keyboard is a USB-connected Unicomp, which works absolutely flawlessly once the computer is up and running. However, GRUB 2 (specifically, ...
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Can I do everything on Linux without keyboard? [closed]

Suppose that I have a desktop computer such that everything works except keyboard . Is it possible to install and run Linux to this computer? I guess the answer is no as super user password requires ...
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“k” key sends focus in event

After a dist-upgrade to wheezy, my "k"-Key misbehaves. When typed in a gnome-terminal, no "k" is printed. Instead the terminal seems to grab the focus and will not release it. If I drag-down the ...
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Setting repeat rate of USB keyboard automatically

I often connect a USB keyboard to my laptop, and when I plug it in, the default repeat rate is not what I want. I tried changing it using a udev script by adding a rule `ACTION=="add", ...
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How can I make Ctrl + Alt act like Alt gr in Ubuntu?

I recently switched to Ubuntu on my laptop and one thing that almost got me to switch back to windows is the fact that I can't make Ctrl + Alt to act like Alt gr. I have programmed in several years ...
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Pg Dn key returns tilde (~)

When I hit Page Down in terminal (I'm using Ubuntu 12.04), strangely I get the ~ (tilde) character. This is annoying especially when I searched my command line history and decided to go to the bottom ...
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Multi-function CapsLock without X

I would like to remap CapsLock to Esc when pressed by itself and Ctrl when pressed with another key without using X. This is similar to a previous question ( Remap CapsLock to Escape and Control ...
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Xmonad seems like a (physically) painful experience

I've been using Xmonad for several hours after hearing recommendations from several people. Currently my configuration is very basic. I mapped the modifier key to the "windows key" as suggested in ...
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Why is my keyboard typing the wrong letters?

While surfing with Iceweasel, I tried typing in a Web address, but I found, that every few keys, it started typing other letters instead of the ones I typed. For example, if I typed ...
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Switch to TTYs without Function keys

At the moment I have a keyboard which lacks function keys (F1 through F12), and I was wondering - is there a way I could switch to textual TTYs (and back, which might prove to be a problem if I were ...
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How to get the actual keyboard device given the output of /proc/bus/input/devices?

When I run: cat /proc/bus/input/devices ...I receive the following output: ... I: Bus=0003 Vendor=040b Product=2000 Version=0110 N: Name="Generic USB Keyboard" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1d.0-1/input0 ...
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Changing keypad settings

When I setup my Ubuntu machine, I had the option to configure the keypad style in the gnome control panel. I used to check the setting that enables windows-like behavior (Shift+Keypad does not toggle ...
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the n key does't work anymore but N does

I've been playig around xmodmap to create a custom keyboard (see Get the keycode of a key, from a custom made keyboard) But now, I can't use the n key anymore, but the Shift+n still work. I think I ...
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Tilde when clicking <Del> key

I am using XFCE Terminal emulator 0.4.8. My ~/.inputrc file: # Insert Key "\e[2~": paste-from-clipboard "\C-v": paste-from-clipboard "\e[A":history-search-backward "\e[B":history-search-forward ...
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Key mappings in Linux

What do people mean when they point out that the "keys are not properly mapped" in a Linux installation when working on the command line? Isn't the default installation OK? What extra/specific ...
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Get the keycode of a key, from a custom made keyboard

I'm trying to transform a Minitel to a computer with a Raspberry Pi. This is a minitel: So I soldered the matrix of the minitel keyboard to a usb keyboard pcb, like this: Everything is working ...
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Trying to set keyboard layout using Xorg configuration but it's not working

I'm trying to set my HP Pavilion g6 keyboard layout to English(us) and Arabic(ara). I'm using Fedora 18, but followed Arch Wiki anyways. Here's my 90-keyboard-layout.conf file : Section ...
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Check if Keyboard and Mouse are plugged in

Is there a way to detect if a keyboard and a mouse is plugged in (and working) in Linux? This will be embedded in a PXE setup, so I only have Kernel + Modules and Busybox available. Bonus question: ...
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After I log in, Debian stops registering input

So I just installed Debian on my (other) computer, and I've run into an interesting problem: once I log in, the keyboard and mouse buttons don't work. I can move the mouse, but clicking does nothing, ...
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Caps lock delay problem

With using caps lock for word capitalization, when I type fast using my Linux distro, I get the following: CAps LOck NOt WOrking PRoperly. I tried the same keyboard on a windows machine, it works ...
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How do I trigger autocomplete without a tab key?

I'm ssh-ing to my machine using my iPhone with an app called ServerAuditior. It doesn't have tab key. See screenshot. How do I trigger autocomplete without the tab key? I don't want to type a lot of ...
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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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Anti-ghosting (NKRO over USB) keyboard

I've recently bought a new keyboard and was surprised to find that it didn't work in Linux. This keyboard does strange things to handle multiple key presses (ant-ghosting) over a USB interface. While ...
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First key pressed repeates forever

I just installed CentOS 6.4 on an old machine I acquired for a development box, but I am running into keyboard issues I can't get around. I start the machine and go to type a user name in and ...
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How to make Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn change window tabs

I am running GNOME 3.4 (Debian 7.0) and my laptop (Gigabyte Q2532), unlike all those I've used before, doesn't change application tabs with CtrlPg Up and CtrlPg Dn. This forces me to use Alt0...9, ...
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Change one typed key for another

I have LUbuntu 13.04. Is it possible to change the keyboard on the operating system, so that when I press k for instance, the system will hear it as I actually typed m? Or any other key for that ...
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tmux not respecting disabled control flow

In my shell I have flow control disabled using stty -ixon. This works perfectly in the shell and when I launch tmux and start programs within tmux. However, when starting a new session from the ...
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How to disable caps-lock, without remapping or disabling it?

I have an X11 program that grabs caps-lock, and uses it. The problem is, I want to disable the regular caps-lock toggling, but doing so seems to disable the key. So whatever X11 gets for a caps-lock ...
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Turning off gnome's Function key mapping

I recently upgraded to Fedora 18 with gnome. My function keys started to do things like open the cd player (F12) and turn the volume up (F11) and down (F10). I'd like to just pass those though to the ...
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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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Sun type 5 keyboard via serial port replicator

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on an HP G60 laptop with a Targus serial port replicator to USB and a custom cable between the keyboard and the replicator I ran modprobe sunkbd. Nothing works for the Type ...
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Why is my Yellow Dog keyboard layout wrong? [closed]

I just installed Yellow Dog on my PowerBook G4, and it worked, and noticed my mac keyboard. Then, suddenly, the layout went wrong. Most keys don't do anything, and I have letters instead of arrow ...
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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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Ctrl-a does not take me to the beginning of the prompt while I am working within a GNU screen

To navigate to the starting and end of a command, I usually use Ctrla and Ctrle. However, when I work within a GNU screen, those keybinding do not work becuase perhaps they are being used by the GNU ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome 3 “freezes” randomly - not a normal freeze though

Since upgrading to 12.04, I've randomly experienced this strange phenomenon where my mouse mostly doesn't work and keyboard mostly does. I have not been able to identify a cause for this. Sometimes it ...
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Switching on numlock by default in Linux Mint

Whenever I boot in to Linux Mint the NumLock is switched off by default. As my username consists of some numbers, I need to switch on NumLock each time. I want it to be switched on by default each ...