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

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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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The caps lock and scroll lock lights are flashing and everything is frozen

I was using a small Linux distro that was running X11 with JWM as its window manager. I was browsing a directory when all of a sudden the mouse froze and the keyboard became unresponsive. The caps ...
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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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How to remap the keys with xkeycaps?

I'm trying to remap different keys (for example, I want the "Y" to be "space"). XKeyCaps let me choose the keyboard, and shows correctly when one key is pressed. But the right click menu that allows ...
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Since I execute 'stty erase ~' I can't type / anymore in Putty

Yesterday I was fed up with being forced to type Caps+Backspace to erase character in Putty, because a Backspace was printing a ~. I found some info on internet saying you should type stty erase ~, or ...
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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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How to clear keybinding

I'm in Linux (if it's relevant: Fedora 17 x86_64, 3.6.11) and my laptop's PageUp key has gone ultrasensitive on me. I'd like to disable it (remap it to nothing at all) as I've never liked it where it ...
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Getting keyboard to work in debian 6.0 in order to unlock root partition

I just installed Debian 6.0, encrypted / and now I'm trying to boot. When GRUB comes up, I select Debian, it loads the initrd and asks for the root password, however I can't enter anything, because ...
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How to use the Meta/Alt Key with tput?

I want to redefine keybindings for the commandline of a lisp dialect. The commandline is actually modeled after Vi and implemented with tput/terminfo. I want an alternative version with Emacs ...
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Why does the setxkbmap compose key mess with other keys?

I just found a tip to set the compose key manually: setxkbmap -option compose:caps Unfortunately, after running this several keypresses act as if the compose key had been pressed. For example, to ...
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What does this output from xev mean?

I'm interested in remapping some keys on my keyboard. In particular, I want to hold down the Function key, press the F1 key, and have this trigger a script. I know that xev is useful for figuring out ...
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Disable scroll lock

We have a shell/tty based application that has ~1,000 users. It is running in an environment where X Server is not available. If a user accidently turns on the Scroll Lock, it makes it seem as if the ...
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Uppercase input turns on periodically

I have some problem. Every 3-5 second everything, that I input from keyboard became UPPERCASE only. I also have two keyboard layouts: us and ua. And when uppercase happens - I can't switch my keyboard ...
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Keyboard Problem with Debian testing and gdm3

I'm driving a Debian testing machine that is running fine. But since testing includes Linux Kernel 3 I have the following problem: While booting all is working (I mean especially the keyboard) - ...
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PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse not working AFTER boot

My CPU is 64 bit, I have a PS/2 keyboard and a PS/2 mouse and I have tried Live CDs of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux, Wubi installations, 32 and 64 bit (my CPU is 64 bit) and Puppy Linux. I am ...
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Keyboard (mostly) doesn't work in Wine

When I run any program in wine (e.g. notepad), I can use the keyboard just fine until I click the mouse. As soon as I click the mouse for any reason, the keyboard stops working entirely. I'm using ...
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Automating typing strings in xmacro

Could you show me how to write macro in xmacro (that will work in whole desktop environment) that is able to expand strings? E.g. I will type "thx" and it will expand to "thank you".
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How to change the USB keyboard layout in an OpenBSD console?

I may be abusing the word console but I mean the mode without X i.e. pressing ^+Alt F1 and then log as other user where I want to use my chosen layout with USB keyboard. X works, it configures the ...
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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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Writing single-handed layouts for X

I know someone who'd really like to be able to type with only the left hand, so I had the idea of writing a layout which "switches" the sides of the keyboard when the caps lock key is pressed. For ...
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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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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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Have Sun keyboard moon key (116) not shut down my computer

On my Sun keyboard, the top-rightmost key (with a moon image, right above the keypad) shuts down my computer. I'd like it not to, as I hit it by mistake now and then. In /etc/default/keyboard, I only ...
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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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Just installed openSUSE 11.3, and after 5 seconds , my keyboard goes to sleep for 1-2 characters?

My keyboard skips one or two characters, whenever I stop typing for 5 seconds or more. Since I just installed 11.3 openSUSE, I don't know if this issue is an improper configuration, a bug in 11.3, or ...
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How can I make the pairing of the 'ltunify' program permanent?

I have used the ltunify pairing tool for Logitech Unifying Receiver, written by Lekensteyn, on my Logitech M510 mouse and K350 keyboard, which works perfectly. However, when I reboot, these changes ...
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A ton of input at the login appears to lock the machine?

Occasionally my one year old son will come into my office where my machine is at the command line login prompt. As my little geekling is wont, he starts banging on the keyboard like Daddy does. As ...
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Keep keyboard layout upon inserting external keyboard

I have a custom keyboard layout, that I enable using this commands: setxkbmap -verbose us -variant altgr-intl xmodmap -verbose /home/coub/.myxmodmap This works just fine, the thing is, that when I ...
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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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xmodmap for key combination - how to toggle the Fn behavior?

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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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 ...
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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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Logitech G110 Multimedia Keys in Linux Mint 14

I know that plenty of questions have been asked about multimedia keys, but I'm having trouble finding a solution for my specific problem. I have a Logitech G110 keyboard, which (besides the macro ...
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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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Netbook w/ Fedora 17 and USB Numpad at Boot Disables Internal Keyboard

I have a netbook with F17 installed. No X, just text console. The system boots fine and the internal keyboard works. I can plugin a USB numpad after boot and it functions reliably. However, if the ...
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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 repeat without pressing a key

Occasionally a key repeats although I do not press the key. I would like to prevent this phenomenon. The phenomenon happens when I am pressing Ctrl+w again and again. After several times of Ctrl+w, w ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's stealing my F11 key?

I've just installed Arch Linux with LXDE and Openbox on my Asus Eee PC 1000. I can't get my F11 key to work in any application. It doesn't appear to do anything when I press it. I installed xev, ...
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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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How to display the current keyboard layout?

Is there a utility that allows to graphically display the current keyboard layout? This can be useful, for example, when writing in a foreign language and having the physical keyboard only ...
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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.