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

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Archlinux gizmod

I've recently installed Archlinux on my laptop and it's been doing everything I needed except one thing: key bindings. I wanted to be able to use the volume buttons (including when in a full screen ...
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How do I remap my caps lock key to ctrl+x within x.org?

I've seen some setxkbmap stuff when talking about key mappings, but ctrl-c isn't a single key. Ideally, I would love to make it a copy/paste key but that seems impossible on Linux. Is there a way ...
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Connect a keyboard / IR controller to a command line program running in a screen

I'm trying to have my Raspberry Pi function as a GUIless music player. I've got Arch Linux installed, and use it through ssh. I've got also an IR receiver dongle, and I'm planning to use it to control ...
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USB keyboard doesn't work with Debian installer

I have a wired USB keyboard. I've written the latest netinstall Wheezy image on my USB pendrive (using dd). It boots but the installer doesn't recognize the keyboard! (The same pendrive works on my ...
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OS X-like deadkeys behavior on Linux

I'm on Debian (actually Crunchbang), and my notebook has a default US layout keyboard. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR), so I've changed my layout with setxkbmap -layout us -variant ...
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xmodmap for key combination

With Logitech K290 keyboard via USB, F. keys are not accessible by default, and I need to press Fn before using them, which is not really usable. The Fn key alone does not fire any event in xev. ...
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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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Laptop keyboard occasionally stops working

I have a dirty solution that is to plug a USB keyboard in and execute the following command: setxkbmap -rules evdev -layout us -model evdev Afterward my keyboard will work. This solution only ...
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Script to turn off laptop keyboard if USB keyboard is present [duplicate]

My laptop keyboard is broke (Esc keeps randomly being pressed, can't fix it), so I've bought a USB keyboard instead. I want to write a script that will run at login which will check if my USB keyboard ...
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How to load HID kernel module from the kernel command line?

While upgrading a server from kernel 3.2.9 to kernel 3.5 I had a problem with the network (ifconfig eth0 up won't work) so I updated the system to get a newer userspace, but in the process something ...
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How to disable laptop keyboard on plugging in a USB keyboard?

I use my USB keyboard in home and now I want disable the laptop keyboard on plug of this keyboard. How could I achieve this? I use ArchLinux and DWM. ps: i found my device and in udev disable it ...
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Keyboard triggering mouse events on Debian on Macbook

I installed Debian 6 on my Macbook in a dualboot configuration. Everything is working fine, except for the keyboard. As I'm typing, I see the mouse arrow moving a bit and strange things happen, such ...
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How do you force Linux to detect a PS/2 device (e.g. mouse) on demand?

I plugged in a PS/2 mouse while inside my Gnome desktop, but Linux doesn't recognize it. Linux will only recognize the PS/2 mouse if it is plugged in before booting the machine (like a normal ...
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Remapping a keyboard key to print ⸮ (irony mark)

I find myself using the irony mark ⸮ unicode U+2E2E (or ؟ unicode U+061F) in both mcabber and vim a lot. The old copy-and-paste antipattern is tedious so I thought I would rename one of the many ...
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Keyboard only desktop environment

Is there a (more than a terminal) desktop environment/distro that can be run using only a keyboard - I have an old computer on which I cannot use a mouse - the PS/2 port is broken and it won't accept ...
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Swap alt and windows key except when using an external keyboard

On my laptop the Alt and Windows keys are in the opposite positions that I'd prefer them in. Swapping them is fairly easy. However, my external (USB) keyboard has the Alt and Windows keys in the order ...
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Where in the linux kernel sources can I find a list of the different keyboard scancodes?

I was looking for a list of keyboard scancodes in the linux kernel sources, but I did not find anything. Does someone know where to find these? Especially the USB scancodes would be interesting.
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How does a BIOS password work?

I have created a BIOS password. I use the Dvorak keyboard layout. When I switch my keyboard layout to Qwerty and restart, and then type password in with the different layout, there is no change. ...
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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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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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Fix keyboard chattering/bouncing on the software side

I have a mechanical keyboard (Noppoo Choc Mini with Cherry MX Blue switches) and after a few weeks, some key presses are getting sent two times even though I press a single time. I found out that this ...
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Certain keys (arrows, page-up, page-down) not working in rdesktop-vrdp

I start and stop my VM headless style. Start VBoxHeadless -s Windows -v on -e "TCP/Address=0.0.0.0" -e "TCP/Ports=3389" Stop VBoxManage controlvm Windows poweroff And I connect to it using ...
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Assigning mouse keys to keyboard

Is it possible to assign mouse keys (left click 1, middle click 2, right click 3, etc) to keyboard keys by modifying a file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d? If so, how can I do that?
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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 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 do I disable the left CTRL on Ubuntu 13.10?

How do I disable the left CTRL on Ubuntu 13.10? Actually I can do it already. All I need to run is xmodmap -e "keycode 37 = " The problem I have is this only works if I run it from the terminal ...
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Starting automatically uppercase after dot

Is it possible to configure the following automation? Everytime I will type a sentence in which the last character is dot, colon or quotation mark it will change the next letter automatically to ...
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How can I press key of “keycode 53” every minute in X?

I want to automate my typing. I can use window managers such as gnome and fvwm. I can access to ubuntu and obsd.
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Execute script after period of inactivity

I'm looking for a way to execute certain script after period of inactivity and after completion of that period. By 'inactivity' I mean lack of mouse and keyboard events. E.g. I want: execute first ...
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On an Apple Keyboard under Linux, how do I make the Function keys work without the fn modifier key?

I use an Apple wired keyboard on Linux. By default the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc) require the fn key to be pressed for them to work. Without the fn key, these keys control the features like ...
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Recognise extra keyboard keys: Steelseries Apex

I've got a new keyboard (Steelseries Apex). It has extra key, but I can't get linux to detect it. I tried xev, getscancodes, showkey --scancodes and dmesg! Any of those command give me error or code ...
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How to use numeric keypad as mouse?

Is there a way in Linux mint to use numpad as a mouse on my desktop. I have tried shift+numlock but it did not work. Is there a package that I must install? Articles on the Internet are too old to ...
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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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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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String syntax for the kbd macro in Emacs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Associating a function in Emacs after looking up the code with M-x describe-key I have typed the following macros on my .emacs file (global-set-key (kbd ...
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Control and up/down keys in terminal for use by emacs

Is it possible to use C-up and C-down when running emacs in the terminal window (when starting emacs from the command line with the -nw flag)? What should my terminal send when I press C-up and C-down ...
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Can I disable dead keys for a single application?

I am unable to properly use dead key characters ( ' " ^ ) on (k)ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 in arduino (a processing based application, at least version 0022 and 1.0). Can I disable dead keys for specific ...
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How to set separate global/user keyboard settings in LXDE?

I need to have English (US) and no compose key for the system, and I'd like English (Dvorak alternative international no dead keys) + Caps Lock as the compose key for myself. How can I set this up? I ...
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How do I rebind M-/ in Emacs to M— (dash)

I'm basically trying to figure out how to use keyboard-translate in Emacs to make M-- do the same thing as M-/ How do I go about doing this?
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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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Making udev rule for bluetooth keyboard

I'm using a logitech k810 bluetooth keyboard with my laptop running Debian Wheezy. (I got the keyboard working by following this guide.) By default the F1-12 keys are multimedia keys unless the FN ...
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Remap keys on GNOME3.8 using xmodmap?

I want to remap some keys on my keyboard, specifically: page up key to home and page down to end. On previous versions of GNOME 3 I just created a .xinitrc file that contained: cat .xinitrc ...
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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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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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Backspace, del, arrow keys not working with interactive programs in Tilda

I currently run Openbox on a light netinstall of Debian. In Tilda, when I use a program like nslookup or winexe, some of my keys do not work properly. Backspace generates ^? Up generates ^[[A ...
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Setxkbmap turns off NumLock LED - but not NumLock.

Whenever I use setxkbmap in a terminal (or my .bashrc), the next time I press any modifier keys (ctrl, shift, alt) the NumLock LED on my keyboard goes off, but NumLock itself is still active so it's ...
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Garbage characters appear on screen when typing

When typing, garbage characters somehow appear on the screen for all the letters that I type. The garbage character is a small rectangle box, and this prevents me from executing any commands on the ...
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How to disable wifi and bluetooth keyboard switches in GNOME?

My (capacitive) media keys have recently become autonomous, causing my wifi to switch on and off at random intervals and effectively rendering the machine unusable. How can I disable those keys? My ...
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Can't change keyboard settings on Fedora 16

I want to swap the Ctrl and Caps Lock keys on my keyboard. I go to System Settings -> Keyboard -> Layout Settings -> Options and check Swap Ctrl and Caps Lock under Ctrl Key Position. I check ...
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Ctrl-Alt-F1 to F6 work differently for left and right sides of the keyboard

If I want to log in to the traditional text shell, I can only use the right side control and alt keys, the left side ones will do nothing. Once I switch to another shell, I now have to use the left ...