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

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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.
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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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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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Corsair Vengeance K-95 Keyboard & Linux [closed]

I've been thinking that I want a mechanical keyboard, currently I'm using a logitech G510 which is perfect with it's 18 programmable keys (I'm using it with this) but I hear a lot of people drooling ...
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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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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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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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Reading keypresses in shell using trap and Unix signals

I am trying to grasp a fairly involved Unix shell (tested in bash) function that listens for keypresses. The full code can be found here. The part I am having trouble understanding is the purpose of ...
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How remap my CapsLock key to work as if it was a Return key using setxkbmap?

I tried several things: setxkbmap -option caps: return setxkbmap -option caps: enter I also tried to modify the file /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc by: "Key <CAPS> {[Enter]};" But nothing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wine over ssh X11 forward, keyboard problem

When i run: ssh -X myRemoteLinuxIP gvim everything works fine. But when i run: ssh -X myRemoteLinuxIP wine notepad mouse works OK, but keyboard keep typing chars inside ssh terminal window, not ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I use GNOME's keyboard settings in Fluxbox?

My GNOME keyboard settings do two main things: Switch CMD and CTRL (I'm on a Macbook) Give me a third level (for special characters) This is really the only functionality I'm missing in Fluxbox. ...
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Getting direct input from keyboard, ignoring X

I've made a hardware keylogger for PS/2 (it is connected between keyboard and PC) and it's storing keystrokes directly as keyboard is sending signals. When device dumps data to the computer, ...
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Printing conjunct unicode characters using single keystroke

I want to print a conjunct unicode characters (which do not have dedicated unicode value assigned to it, but which can be print using the combination of unicode characters) using a single key stroke ...
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Ubuntu Remap script for UK Logitech Cordless Wave Keyboard

I have just bought a Logitech Cordless Wave UK Keyboard and mouse and I'm trying to get the keymapping sorted but not having much luck! The main problem I have is none of the key seem to give me the ...
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Sending key press signals to a background process

I have been learning about daemons and writing them in c. What I want to do is make the daemon receive the global key press signals in ubuntu, and write the received key presses to a separate file. Is ...
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Strange behaviour of the 'r' key on keyboard

I have an Arch Linux machine whose 'r' key started misbehaving recently. This only happens when the language is set to English (in another language, it works correctly), which makes me suspect it's ...
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Letter Q stopped working on keyboard [closed]

Letter Q and q stopped working on my keyboard. (I had to find an ascii chart to copy and paste the character.) I really have no clue what's going on. xev produces the following output. ...
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Reading GPG passphrase from the physical keyboard in OpenBSD

I'm using Synergy to control an OpenBSD desktop from a Linux computer (think of it like a VNC client/server). That is to say what I type on the keyboard goes through a network connection before it ...
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some function buttons not recognised (even at scancode level) after resume from sleep

As in the title, some function buttons are not being reconised after resuming from sleep. systemctl suspend is used. The buttons work fine after boot and before the sleep but not after. I have tested ...
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How to set up XKB to work with 3 modifier keys and 2 switchable layouts?

Consider the following XKB layout: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { <ESC> = 9; <FK01> = 67; <FK02> = 68; <FK03> = 69; <FK04> = 70; <FK05> = 71; ...
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Remapping Num Lock key to function as Caps Lock

As a followup to this question, my Caps Lock key is now mapped to Compose instead. However, it turns out that my 14 month old toddler still manages to turn on Caps Lock from time to time with his ...
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How to attach keyboard and mouse to another screen?

By default, the X server would attach keyboard and mouse to display 0:0, but how to change it to another screen such as 0:20?