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

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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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CapsLock as modifier key for application keymaps

I am developer and currently I am using Ubuntu Linux with PyCharm IDE for development of website. In order to improve typing performance I consider change CapsLock to Hyper_L and assign it to mod3 ...
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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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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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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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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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Autohotkey Equivalent?

Is there an equivalent product/method for AutoHotkey. For those that don't know, its a product that allows you to program your mouse movements and keyboard. This allows me to "macro" certain functions ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Keyboard key is not recognized even with showkey

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, in a laptop that I carry around and use with different physical keyboards (as I don't feel comfortable with laptop keyboards) For one of those keyboards (Dell SK-8135) the ...
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Enable numlock only for external keyboard

I'm not sure this is possible, but I thought why not to ask. I have a laptop without a numeric block, and use it sometimes with external keyboard. Numlock for the internal keyboard = useless, so I ...
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Unable to load a USB keyboard driver on Debian machine

I have a pretty simple driver for USB keyboard: #include <linux/module.h> #include <linux/kernel.h> #include <linux/usb.h> #include <linux/usb/input.h> #include ...
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Copy and Pasting Script for the Alphabet and Numbers [closed]

How would I create the following shortcut? Ctrl+Win+A = Copy selected text to a unique "A" variable. Win+A = Paste the text which is binded to the unique "A" variable. And then extend this to the ...
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Debian Wheezy on Samsung NP900X3A some Fn Keys don't work

I've gone through all questions and tutorials on how to solve this problem. They weren't meant for my Laptop version but "close enough". Unfortunately they didn't help. This is the case. # ...
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How to control keyboard backlight using hotkeys

How can I turn increase and decrease the keyboard backlight in notebook on Linux using the same hotkeys used on Windows? In Windows I can control the keyboard backlight by pressing hotkeys (FnF9 to ...
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swap symbols with numbers in keyboard layout

I'm looking to modify my keyboard layout such that holding down Shift and pressing a number key will result in a number being printed to the screen instead of the symbol that's on the key. For ...
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Remapping Left Control <LCTL> in xkb changes behavior of Alt + Left Shift

For some reason pressing any alt key (including <MENU>) together with <LFSH> toggles "Switch windows of an application". This can be turned off by commenting out key <LCTL> { [ ...
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Grabbing keyboard control in shell script

I have a certain shell (zsh) script which reads one character at a time and performs an action afterwards. In the shell, this is realized by "read -k" in a loop. I want to execute the script as a ...
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Alt key not recognized - Dell Inspiron n4110/Mint 16 (Petra)

I'm running a fresh install of Mint 16 on an essentially-brand-new Dell Inspiron N4110. I booted to Kali Linux initially, and noticed AltTab, AltF4, and AltD (address bar focus) weren't working in ...
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How can I set repeat rate of USB keyboard with udev?

How can I get my keyboard repeat rate to apply to a hotplugged USB keyboard? I made a udev rule to set the keyboard repeat delay and rate, /etc/udev/rules.d/99-usb-keyboard.rules with the following ...
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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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Detach keyboard from the kernel

I am writing a remote controller app for an octocopter and want to use a keyboard as an input device for this app but I don't want it to have any effect outside this app. Somehow I would like to make ...
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udev rule for bluetooth device(logitec)

I want to write udev rule for a Logitec Bluetooth. My keyboard and mouse connect to PC as one Bluetooth device. When I monitor udev, I see there are separate events for keyboard and mouse. I want to ...
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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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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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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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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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K800 USB Wireless Keyboard - keyboard repeat rate intermittent problems

Any advice as to how to debug this: My K800 USB Wireless Keyboard's repeat rate intermittently stops working. It will start behaving erratically and when holding a key down it will either not repeat ...
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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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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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xkb: `ctrl:swapcaps` option messes with the escape key

I've been using setxkbmap -option "ctrl:swapcaps" to swap the capslock and left control keys, but I just recently noticed that this seems to mess up my escape key. With xev, I can see that pressing ...