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I've added keyboard shortcuts to set the global keyboard layout, but how do I set it for a single application? The reason I'd like to do this is that I'm used to QWERTY for gaming, and I'd rather not spend 10 minutes in every game to set up a custom layout. And I'd rather not have to switch layout when changing to other applications (which I do frequently), both for convenience and to avoid pressing the wrong shortcut.

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    In that case, why does it need to be for a single application? Why not change it with setxkbmap or whatever shortcut you have assigned to the switch, play your game, and then switch back when done? – terdon Nov 26 '16 at 12:08
  • kbdd should work under most WM, but there may be a better way with Awesome. Under Sawfish, I ended up running xmodmap on a window switch. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 26 '16 at 23:11
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To notice when a new app (your game) starts, use client.connect_signal("manage", function(c) ...). Then use client.name to see if it's your app ("kerbal-space-program", or whatever). If both tests pass, apply your keyboard layout.

For extra tidiness, test client.focus to enable/disable that keyboard layout on the fly.

https://awesomewm.org/doc/api/classes/client.html#

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