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

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XKB multi-layout layout specific Capslock behaviour oddity

I have two custom keyboard layouts, one a modified version of the us (which I have called vi,) one a modified version of the dk (which I have called da.) Both are registered properly, and work. After ...
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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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setxkbmap switches between 2 out of 3 layouts

Issuing that command: setxkbmap -layout "us,ua,ru" -variant ",winkeys" -option "grp:shift_caps_toggle,grp_led:scroll" -model pc105 -rules xorg When hitting Caps Lock+Shift I'm switching between ...
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Create xkb configuration from xmodmap

I have a custom xmodmap file I use, including useful multi-language diacriticals, english quotes, dashes &c. I want to use this map with kmscon, so I need to create a xkb configuration from it. Is ...
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Where do I edit the keyboard “system settings” these days?

The last time I manually edited keyboard settings was sometime last decade. There days it looks like things have have changed. Now, when I use the Keyboard layouts dialog in XFCE or LXDE, I can either ...
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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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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 change keyboard settings of the active user using udev and setxkbmap?

I have a usb keyboard that I plug in into my desktop at work. While using it tend to manually set the following setxkbmap option: setxkbmap -option compose:ralt setxkbmap -option ctrl:swap_rwin_rctl ...
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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 ...
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How do I enable Shift Lock? (Sticky shift key)

I want to map one of my keys the shift lock key. In my understanding, the shift lock key is a kind of a 'sticky' shift key: it remains pressed, shifting all keys of the layout until pressed again. It ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I emulate a virtual keyboard with an arbitrary character set?

I am writing a couple applications that change how your keyboard works. (One that allows key-chording, and another that allows you to say syllables out loud to type individual characters.) The ...
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How do I get a list of keys currently loaded with XKB?

I am writing an evdev-reliant daemon that needs to know the complete keyboard layout currently in use. Getting the properties of the current XKB layout is easy. You just use setxkbmap -query or ...
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DDvorak layout, but QWERTY with Ctrl or Alt modifiers

I comfortably type using a keyboard layout named Light Developer's Dvorak, which I have further customized (negligibly) for myself. I don't know how to modify the commands so that pressing Ctrl, Alt, ...
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Will booting ubuntu in recovery mode use default keyboard layout?

I have a chromebook with Ubuntu 15.04 and I need to customize some of my keyboard keys in xkb. Unfortunately while doing so I managed to disable my keyboard and needed to boot from live USB to revert ...
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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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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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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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xkb config has pointless entry?

I dumped the current xkb configuration with xkbcomp :0 keyboard.xkb and found that, for example, ISO_Level3_Shift has two 'interpret' entries: interpret ISO_Level3_Shift+AnyOf(all) { ...
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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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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 ...
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Adding a custom keyboard layout (and setting it as the default)

I'm on Arch Linux with i3, and I'm trying to create a personalized layout with IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols for use in linguistic research. I'm also using iBus for Chinese language ...
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What is wrong with these XKB rules files?

I am playing with xkeyboard-config. Currently, I'm trying to understand the rules files. I've used xkbcomp to get the current keymap from the X server and write it to a file. This keymap is the ...
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XKB - Clearing locked modifiers

I've been having some trouble creating a custom keymap with XKB configuration. I would like to have a Shift key that locks when called with a specific modifier and can be pressed again to toggle the ...
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Remap key to two modifers or use meta shortcuts in terminal (terminator)

Background: Running Arch Linux on KDE. KDE shortcuts have a problem with being saved past reboot so i'm using xmodmap and xbindkeys. So I am using xmodmap. Right now caps lock is mapped to meta ...
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Remapping space + ijkl to arrow keys

I want to set my keyboard so that pressing space and releasing will emit a "normal" space, but holding space and pressing one of i/j/k/l will emit an arrow key. Is it possible to do that? Thanks!
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How can I make CapsLock Shift and Shift Ctrl in GNOME?

GNOME's Tweak Tool tweak tool is an awesome GUI that comes with the desktop environment. In the tool, I can easily change the position of Ctrl and I can change the behavior of CapsLock. ...
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Disable Caps Lock when a modifier key is pressed, with XKB

I would like all modifier keys -- except Shift -- to disable Caps Lock. Since, I would like to swap some modifiers as well, I am trying to achieve both goals at the same time (I wouldn't know how to ...
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Gnome-shell keybinding for “Internal Microphone” on XF86Send

I use a custom keyboard with a “REPL” key (shifted: “Settings”) that I have bound to XF86Send (shifted: XF86Tools). On Fedora 21, that key (XF86Send) somehow works to toggle the “mute” on this ...
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xkbmap remap PrtScr and Insert Keys to Home and Escape

I've been fumbling with xkbmap for a while, and I can't figure out how to remap the Print Screen button to Home. It's as if the us keymap just doesn't mention the PRSC key code at all. I can't use ...
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kmscon and deadkeys

How can I configure kmscon to use dead keys? I already have xkb-layout=br in /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf, but the dead keys don’t work. (' + e gives me e instead of é). The layout seems to have been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Change behaviour of the modifier keys system-wide

I’d want to make modifier keys (control, alt, shift, meta, super, lv3_switch) to act like usual keys, I mean, without holding one of them to perform associated key combination. Say C-x M-1 can by ...
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My tarmak setup through xkb didn't work properly

I was using the dreymar big bag of keyboard tricks http://forum.colemak.com/viewtopic.php?id=1438 to setup my keyboard to learn colemak using tarmak. Now after installing that, I ran : setxkbmap us ...
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How to get a HE/EN keyboard layout which is just like in Windows?

I want my keyboard in Linux to behave like it does on Windows - with respect to English and Hebrew. This is actually a tricky request, since just having en,il as the pair of layouts does not suffice. ...
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How can I configure /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf to use multiple layouts

I want to configure kmscon to use two layouts. Now my /etc/kmscon/kmscon.conf looks like this: xkb-layout=us,ru xkb-options=grp:alt_shift_toggle font-name=Liberation Mono font-size=12 but it's not ...
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Unable to switch to Dvorak layout

I need help switching my keyboard to Dvorak layout. I've done this a number of times through the GUI and never had problems until now. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS codename trusty, Xfce4 & ...
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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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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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Remap 2 to F2 in xkb on Lubuntu 14.04

My 2 key is no longer working due to a hardware problem. I wish to replace its use by the key F2 through xkb, as I had no luck with xmodmap - even with help. The F2 key value (i.e., the F2 key-press ...