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

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xkbcomp doesn't update keymap for running xterms?

When I use setxkbmap all programs use the new layout but when I change the keyboard layout with xkbcomp to my own only newly started programs are affected (using xkbcomp with a file with a default ...
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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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Preventing multiple keypresses from RF remote

I needed to replace a Gyration remote control (which was for controlling MythTV) and it is no longer made. So I got a Keyspan TSBX-2404. It works in the sense that it communicates with the box ...
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Keyboard and mouse do not function in Debian

I powered on my laptop running Debian kernel 3.3.0. After the boot process starts the X server and KDE, my keyboard and mouse do not function. Keyboard input works when I use the Recovery Console, and ...
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acpi_listen returns different result in Ubuntu than Arch Linux

Ubuntu is able to detect my Lenovo "Mic Mute" button with acpi_listen, but when I try it on Arch Linux, there is no output available. Model: Thinkpad X220 4290LY9 Tried to add acpi_osi=Linux in ...
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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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Slow keyboard response in some Distros

I will be quick and clear. My keyboard is very slow in Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, PCLinuxOS and LinuxMint. It works fine in Mandriva, Fedora and Sabayon (Gentoo Based) It is slow even in Gentoo ...
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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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Perform an action when a wireless keyboard is connected

I need to perform a command when I connect a bluetooth keyboard. How can I 'listen' this event?
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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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Strange terminal behavior: 'j' key not working in urxvt

For some bizarre reason my 'j' key stopped working properly. Every time I hit the key, it prints "true". If I type 'jake', the terminal prints: >>trueake I don't know what lead to this. I ...
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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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Determining keycode assignments for X.org on a PC

At some point around late 2008 to early 2009, some keycode values (apparently, for the keys that weren't on an XT keyboard) on a standard PC keyboard when running X.org under Linux changed. I don't ...
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ungrabbing keys

I have somehow managed to get my keyboard only to work and be able to select with the mouse cursor, only when the Shift and Control keys are held. How can I undo this? I have tried System -> ...
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Can't map XF86AudioRaiseVolume key in QJoyPad

I wanted to map my PSone gamepad to do some basic KDE/keyboard/mouse functions and everything works well except one thing. I use logitech ultra-x keyboard which has a few multimedia buttons (play, ...
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How can I set the keyboard right on X?

Note: forked of this per recommendation here. I made a foolish typo for UTF-8, and expected that when I fixed it, the keyboard on X would work right. Since making this errant change, I was no ...
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how to send keyboard signal using a shell script

I have an application in graphical interface that when I run it, it's not opened in full screen mode, but when I use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Ctrl+M , it becomes fullscreen, I want to change the ...
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Before logging in my system, any way to make a key simulate another key?

In my keyboard I button doesn't work. I had earlier asked a Q on how to make a key simulate another key. That Q solved the issue only after I logged in my system. I'm working on Ubuntu 13.04. But how ...
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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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Why grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle still keeps right keys as switch triggers?

I ran the following command in my terminal: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" but for some reason, the effect is the same if I specified "grp:ctrl_shift_toggle" ...
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Cannot type accented capital letters in kde-konsole

If i try to type a capital letter with accent (e.g. Ř) in kde-konsole, I get the following result: ˇR - the letter and the accent as two characters. The normal behaviour is that after pressing ˇ ...
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Map caps to esc for RHEL 5?

I have an older version of RHEL. In newer versions, there is usually an option to map the caps key to the esc key. How would I do this in an old version? Going to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> ...
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modify keyboard layout locally

I haven't found the correct keyboard layout for my macbook pro yet. I've found one that looks like it though (in .xinitrc): setxkbmap -layout us -variant mac yet this has one difference: the (',~) ...
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Left Ctrl key swapped with Fn key?

I used xev to try to capture the keycode, but I don't get any output from it. I get output for the rest of the keys I checked. This happened after my system froze (likely the fault of VirtualBox) so I ...
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Forcing keys to run bash scripts

Is it possible to define bash scripts for all keys on keyboard so that by pressing any key the bash script for that key will be run? The scripts may do anything, for instance they may save the key ...
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pressing @ in the keyboard gives " (and # gives £ ) in mint16

Hello I am using mint16(cinnamon). When I try to write @ it shows ". That is, key functioning of these two keys has got swapped somehow. Can someone please suggest a way to get rid of this problem.
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GRUB2 and Foreign Keyboards

If I have GRUB2 installed on a system that is using a foreign keyboard and I want to use CLI Mode, what key would I press? On Latin-based keyboards, we would press "C", but other alphabets lack the ...
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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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“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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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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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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Keyboard/mouse do not work when connected to USB hub, but only on Fedora - works on other distros

For the record, the same problem happens in openSUSE, too, and the solution is the same. It is fixed in both Fedora 18 (as far as I could tell: I just booted a live CD) and openSUSE 12.3. I installed ...
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Problem with keyboard and mouse in gdm3 and lightdm

Linux anarki 3.2.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Jun 1 17:49:08 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Distributor ID: LinuxMint Description: Linux Mint Debian Edition Release: 1 Codename: debian When my ...
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How do you configure numpad keys using XKB?

I haven't figured out how you configure XKB to use the numpad yet. I found the following in the "us" file. partial alphanumeric_keys modifier_keys xkb_symbols "basic" { name[Group1]= "USA"; ...
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How do I set Keyboard and profile preferences when connecting to Solaris via SSH?

I'm connecting to a Solaris box from Mac OS X. Whenever I have connected to linux boxes in the past it has been much easier to navigate around. How do I fix these configuration issues on Solaris? ...
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GNOME: Use WinKey (Super_L) as a main menu toggle

I know how to set Super_L (WinKey) button to open the Menu. gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu --type string "Super_L" Currently, in order to close that menu, I am ...
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How to set keycodes manually in vim?

Sometimes when I fire up vim, my Insert key doesn't work (need to use i) and my arrows don't work (they give me letters instead). I'm guessing this has to do with my keys not being mapped correctly. ...
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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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Is there a way to bind TAB so that it outputs 2 space characters?

Is there a way to bind TAB so that it outputs 2 space characters? I know you can do this in a text editor like Vim, but I wanted to carry over this functionality to cat >>.
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Autokey won't start

I installed autokey-gtk application but it won't start. When I run it from terminal it will write a message: Xlib.protocol.request.QueryExtension but that's all. The application won't start. Do ...
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Holding left arrow triggers permanent Mode_switch

This is a weird one... I recently upgraded from Debian lenny to squeeze (following the upgrade instructions step by step). Everything went surprisingly well, except for one piece of strange new ...
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Use hardware button for onscreen keyboard

I have installed Linux Mint on a tablet computer. This computer runs the same as a PC, but it does not have a built-in keyboard. I want to use the hardware button to load the onscreen keyboard. How ...
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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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delete key doesn't remove selected files

In file manager or on the desktop when I select a file and hit delete key it does nothing. Shift+delete works fine, as well as deleting in text editors. I'm using Debian Wheezy 7.4 with xfce desktop ...
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Alternate keyboard inputs: dwm on Debian

Currently my laptop's keyboard has some broken keys (z, x, c). When using my Windows partition I know I can just use Alt-codes to enter the keys or use alternate hotkeys for the respective keys (Alt- ...
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AltGr key released when rappidlby pressing other keys

I have a Norwegian Lenovo USB keyboard. When I hold AltGr and press v and b rapidly, it produces “bvbv instead of “”“”“”. I get the latter, expected, result when pressing v and b slowly. Never ...
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Keyboard backlight is very dim

I have a Samsung Series 9 running Fedora. It has a backlit keyboard but even at the maximum setting, keys are not readable. The functions keys controlling the level are working, the OSD indicator ...
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Keyboard mapping VNC

I recently installed realvnc server on my pc running windows 7, however when connecting from my macbook using the "screen sharing.app" a number of keys are unavailable. For example I need to use the ...