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

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Use setxkbmap to swap the Left Shift and Left Control

Is it possible to swap the Left Shift and the Left CTRL keys using setxkbmap instead of xmodmap? EDIT I have switched to Fcitx, which works way much better with my keyboard layout and customized ...
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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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How do I get current keyboard layout?

I'm wondering is there any command line tool, that returns current keyboard layout. I have XkbLayout set to us, ru. Update: setxkbmap returns layout settings, not selected layout. E.g.: $ setxkbmap ...
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Where is Xkb getting its configuration?

Is there a way to query where xkb is getting its configuration from? Under ArchLinux I have /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/00-keyboard.conf with Section "InputClass" Identifier "system-keyboard" ...
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Remapping both Caps Lock and Shift+Caps Lock in xkb

I am trying to configure xkb such that Caps Lock is mapped to the Compose key and Shift+Caps Lock functions as the traditional Caps Lock. I put the following in a new file called ...
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How can I make backspace act as escape using setxkbmap?

There seem to be several options for setxkbmap such as -option caps:backspace which makes caps a backspace. However I cannot seem to find an option that makes backspace an escape key. How do I create ...
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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 get keycodes for xmodmap?

I'm trying to use xmodmap to remap Alt / Super keys on Dell L100 keyboard, and have trouble getting the keycodes. For instance, using xev doesn't give me keycode for Alt FocusOut event, serial 36, ...
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Switch between numbers and symbols on caps lock

Is it possible to set caps lock to switch between inserting numbers and the symbols they normally trigger when one holds shift? e.g. when you normally press the 9 key, you get a ( unless caps lock is ...
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Swap alt and super

I have a Macbook Air that runs Linux. I want to swap the alt and super keys in both sides of the keyboard with each other. How do I do this with cli tools? Update Following Drav Sloan's answer I ...
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Custom xkb layout in which one key creates two unicode code points

I am writing a new custom keyboard layout for Xorg, but there is one particular glyph which does not exist in Unicode. It is, however, easy to create it by using a standard letter plus a combining ...
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Fully Disable PrntScr Key

I recently came across a Linux feature I have never seen before, where pressing the PrntScr button on the keyboard prints a physical piece of paper with the contents of my console. I really need to ...
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How do I change currently selected keyboard layout from command line?

I have my keyboard layouts (two of them) and switching between them configured via the following command: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" Now I want to ...
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xkb: make ctrl+backspace behave as delete

How can I map Ctrl+Backspace to behave as Delete key with xkb? I can remap a single key on /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc but can't figure out how to do the combination. My OS is Ubuntu 15.04
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Turn off Caps lock when Escape is pressed

Is there any way to disable CapsLock whenever Esc is pressed. Yes, I use VIM! I actually have an alternative all-caps keyboard layout on Ctrl-6 but I find it cumbersome and would prefer to just have ...
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Map Super+[Left|Right] to Home/End

How do I map key "Super" so, when combined with Left/Right, it produces keycode Home/End? My current setxkbmap: setxkbmap \ -model pc105 \ -layout 'us(dvorak-intl),us(alt-intl)' \ -option \ ...
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How to put some keyboard layout aside from layout switching ring?

What I need is to switch between Russian and English layout with my favorite shortcut (namely Shift-CapsLock) switch to Belarusian layout with another shortcut (say, Ctrl-RightShift, but actual ...
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how to assign another modifier to Alt key for X11?

Aim: I would like to assign Alt to CapsLock-key, and Meta to Alt-key. But in such way, Alt-key would no longer be recognized as Alt, and CapsLock-key would no longer be recognized as CapsLock. ...
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Map Caps Lock to Control in Linux Mint

I am running the latest version of Linux Mint with Cinnamon. I'm trying to map CapsLock to Ctrl, but I cannot figure out how to do it. All web searches i've done has lead me to older versions of Linux ...
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Where to put `setxkbmap` command in Xfce?

What is the proper place for setxkbmap command in Xfce? What is the proper place for it in general - other DEs and bare WMs? I have the following command: setxkbmap -layout "us(colemak), ...
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How can I replace my keyboard and mouse udev rules with xorg.conf.d?

Since it is impossible to make udev rules that affect Xorg settings run on startup, I'd like to replace these with other alternatives. At the moment, I have two primary udev scripts that I've written. ...
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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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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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convert .Xmodmap to custom.xkb file and load it from $HOME directory - customize x keyboard [duplicate]

I use the following .Xmodmap file to map a few symbols and German Umlaute öäü: keycode 108 = Mode_switch keycode 13 = 4 dollar EuroSign keycode 19 = ...
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Map F2 to replace the 2 key – also with Shift and Alt combination – in Lubuntu 14.04.3

I run a Danish keyboard layout in Lubuntu 14.04.3. The 2 key is malfunctioning (hardware problem). I wish to replace its use by the key F2. The F2 key value (i.e., the F2 key-press event) will then ...