xkb is the abbreviation for the X Keyboard Extension used to describe and configure differ keyboard layouts, etc. under X11.

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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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Tweaking keymap for Macbook

I've recently installed Debian jessie with a GNOME 3 desktop on my Macbook Pro. There are a couple of things I don't like about Apple's keyboard layout (British). The first is that I'm a programmer, ...
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How Are Keys or Keycodes Mapped to X Key Symbols?

I am trying to map a function key combination to an XF86 key symbol. The key combination is Fn+F1, which I was able to use showkey to get the raw keycode for. jason@io ~ $ showkey kb mode was RAW [ ...
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Remapping two (simultaneous) keypresses to a single keycode

Is it possible to use X keyboard functionality to remap two keypresses to different keycode? I am asking because couple of keys (such as Q and P) on my laptop don't work anymore, thus I have to use ...
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Why won't my custom layout work?

I'm trying to create a custom layout that I can use for various symbols. For now, I just copied the contents of gr(bare). However, the layout does not appear to work. When I press Caps Lock, the ...
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3rd level with space XKB

I have gone through plenty of documents and spent a lot of time trying to configure it, but so far unsuccessfully. I have keyboard with the 3rd level keys (probably ISO_LEVEL3_shift ?) So when I press ...
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Override a few keycodes with XKB

I want to shuffle a few keys around with XKB. (Why? On a laptop where some keys are inconveniently located.) I currently use xmodmap: keycode 110 = Prior keycode 115 = Delete keycode 112 = Next ...
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How to map Alt+H to the Arrow-left key?

I would like to have my HJKL keys to function as arrow keys whenever the Alt key is pressed down. Also other combinations should work, such as Ctrl+Left should be seen when Alt+Ctrl+H is pressed. ...
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How can the xkb layout settings be simplified?

The question is, if there is a way to simplify the structure of the xkb configuration related to keyboard layouts? As explained in further detail below there are 5 independent places in which a ...
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Unmaping BKSP and RTSH in Xorg

I am trying to improve my typing habits, I have Backspace located elsewhere on my keyboard layout, but I would like to unmap the standard backspace key while I learn to use the one on my keyboard. In ...
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Force English layout for the «Compose» key pressed

I like using Compose key. The problem is that large part of my text being typed in non-english layout. This means that some symbols messed up, and most isn't even present (i.e. latin characters). ...
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Where are xkb options defined?

I'm not too experienced with Linux on personal computers, but I've recently installed Debian Jessie on my laptop (using GNOME 3). It's a Macbook, so there's a command key on the keyboard. Initially, I ...
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When I use left window key + e in konsole it prins 'se'

I was trying to change my keyboard layout and when I tried it in the konsole, I saw that konsole interprets it rather oddly. Win + E executes some hostnames and prints "se" on the prompt. With other ...
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Can no longer switch keyboard layouts in xfce

This appears to be a surprisingly complex problem, and worse, I'm not sure if it was a configuration change that I made or if it was an update to ubuntu that caused the problem. I'm running Ubuntu ...
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XKB: Can I have an eight-level key and have Ctrl participate in selecting it’s levels?

Is there an XKB way to generate a key event, form a normal key combo which includes Ctrl without having the ctrl modifier bit set? Or the same question asked in another way: Can I have an eight-level ...
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Which application receives which hotkey? (List X clients which hold key grabs.) [duplicate]

How can I list the X clients which registered for a specific keyboard event (i.e. a key press; a shortcut thing). Those things are called passive key(board) grabs. And the list should contain what ...
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How to use the '-config' option of `setxkbmap`?

I have a keymap file with this content: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { include "evdev+aliases(qwerty)" }; xkb_types { include "complete+numpad(shift3)" }; xkb_compat { include ...
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How to troubleshoot layout switching when it “locks” on specific layout?

Recently I installed ChakraOS based on Arch with KDE and I cannot switch layout. Neither graphically, nor from cli. The strange thing is that I can switch to spanish with various other distributions ...
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replace menu key with capslock and capslock with left control using xkb

I followed the instruction here by defining my own xkbsymbols (Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control) partial modifier_keys xkb_symbols "replace_Menu_Capslock" { replace key ...
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xkb: Use a key to change shift level without appearing as a modifier

I'd like to configure XKB to use Caps Lock as a way of producing different keys, but I don't want it to appear as a modifier. For example: F1 produces F21 keypress Caps Lock + F1 produces F1 ...
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xkb: Assign a new shift level to function keys

I'm trying to get some more use out of my function keys. I would like the physical F1 to F12 keys to appear as F21 to F32, so I can assign functions to F21 etc. in my window manager (e.g. switch to ...
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how to bind AltGr to <Ctrl> + <Alt>

I am trying to create a linux equivalent of Ergonomic Telugu Keyboard layout called Sarala (Hard la). I have been able to map all the keys so far. The layout uses the following key combinations for ...
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Programmatic way to install xkb keyboard layout

I have a new keyboard layout that is working so far. I want to ship this to users who most probably will have minimal knowledge of Linux. Trouble is to install this layout I have to do a lot of copy ...
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How to make AltGr+i,j,k,l work properly as cursor keys?

(I already asked this question on superuser but got no answer so I'll try here now.) I would like to have the cursor keys and some others available as AltGr+c,h,t,n etc. (i,j,k,l if you have qwerty). ...
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Keyboard layout change indicator

I have (and often change) 3 keyboard layouts on my Mint 17/Mate. I would like to see a notification on my screen when layout is changed, e.g. "Switched to English/US". I tried to do it via keyboard ...
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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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xkb ɛ with acute accent [duplicate]

I've made a variant of Colemak which replaces ‘e’ with ‘ɛ’ – Latin letter open e (I have my reasons, but they're not relevant here). I have two problems: Though ‘ɛ́’ and other versions of ‘ɛ’ with ...
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xkb - Keymaps at `/usr/share/X11/kbd/symbols` 2 values vs 4 values being specified

I am a noob when it comes to linux and xkb. Sorry if the question seems very obvious and stupid. I was checking the keymap found at /usr/share/x11/kbd/symbols and in particular, I was browsing the us ...
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Declare a new modifier key with XKB

I'm trying to create a one handed keyboard layout and want to use Hyper to produce special keys when I press some keys. For example, when I press Hyper_L and B, I want XKB to produce ...
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How to start a command upon login in GNOME?

I would like to run xkbcomp upon a user login in order to modify its keyboard. The command works fine from a terminal after login. The system is an unmodified Fedora 20 Desktop Edition. I tried to ...
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Adding custom setxkbmap options

Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control describes how to swap some modifier keys with xkbcomp. However, I'd like to just add a custom setxkbmap option instead of using xkbcomp with a ...
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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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How to add additional control key?

I am using xkb to add an additional control key as follows: key <HENK> { [ Control_R ] }; However, it does not work. I even tried xmodmap without success: xmodmap -e ...
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Escape on Control key, Control on Capslock key, Capslock on Escape key

I'm looking for a method that works in both X and the console with console-setup (e.g. xkboptions, no X-exclusive methods like xmodmap). With XKBoptions, combining ctrl:swapcaps and caps:swapescape ...
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Switch between keyboard layout based on input event

I have a french and a US keyboard on my computer. I'm using awesome wm and have set everything so that it is easy for me to switch between keyboard layout. But I still have to do it myself. ...
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xorg.conf XkbOption ignored for terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp to restart X

I want Ctrl+Alt+Bksp to restart X, so I created an xorg.conf rule: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/53-zap.conf: Section "ServerFlags" Option "DontZap" "false" EndSection Section "InputClass" ...
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How to bind super key to Ctrl+Shift using xmodmap?

I have read the xmodmap documentation. I could only find information on how to bind one key to another. How do I bind one modifier key to a combination of other modifier keys? Can I do this using ...
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Remapping keys that generate multiple scan codes

I have a ThinkPad W540. On its keyboard there are four multimedia keys above the numpad. Two of those keys generate keycodes (and, apparently, scancodes) that correspond to combination of keys, Win_L ...
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Multiple XkbOptions in xorg.conf

how should I write multiple XkbOptions in xorg.conf? I've tried "option,option,option", "option, option, option", "option option option" and none of these worked - only the first option was executed.
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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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How to remap simultaneous letter keys to modifier?

I have really gotten used to the "Simultaneous Vi Mode" functionality of KeyRemap4MacBook which lets you press and hold the s and d keys simultaneously and then use the h, j, k, and l keys as the ...
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Keyboard layout switch (Ctrl+Shift) in a new xorg

I've been using similar config for years: Section "InputClass" Identifier "keyboard-all" MatchIsKeyboard "on" Driver "evdev" Option "XkbLayout" "us,ru,de" Option "XkbVariant" ...
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Remapping power key to delete

I have a macbook pro running Ubuntu 13.10 with FluxBox. Unfortunately, the power button is physically above the backspace where I would expect the delete key to be in. In OS X, the PowerKey program ...
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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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Configuring Caps Lock as modifier and layout switcher

I want to set the caps lock key working as a modifier (modkey) and layout switcher at the same time. I want Caps Lock to act as a modkey in awesome in different hotkey combinations, for example, ...
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Where do find information about xkb_symbols (i.e. dead_acute, KP_1, Delete, Down) [closed]

Where can I find a list of the xkb_symbols and their meaning? To clarify let me give some examples for xkb_symbols: dead_acute dollar Down Delete adiaeresis Adiaeresis dead_circumflex KP_0 (KP_ ...
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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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Make Compose not compose after certain key presses

On my laptop, I use the Win as a modifier. With the Fn key pressed, the key sends a different keysym and I use that as a Compose key. keycode 133 = Hyper_L keycode 134 = Multi_key add mod4 = Hyper_L ...
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Shortcut keys that are independent to keyboard layout

Is there a way to define an association of a particular physical key of the keyboard to some action, independently of the letter that this key is associated to in any layout? Example: In most ...
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Map a symbol to a specific key

I have the following problem: I use the intl variant of gb keyboard layout, i.e., what you get with: setxkbmap -layout gb -variant intl I use gmail in Firefox, and for some reason, the gmail ...