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I recently moved from laptop to desktop. But I have a problem.

I bought a cheap chinamade keyboard. However, this keyboard package said, that is was good for german keymap. Upon inspection, it turns out, that it doesn't have the greater-than,less-than and pipe key .

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See image,see the key between left shift and y key - that key is missing.

I know I can buy another keyboard, but in the spirit of unix, i would like to remap the capslock key to the missing key.

I looked at the file : /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/de

But, got pretty confused.please help.

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If you are running X and not Wayland, using xmodmap instead of xkbd will be a lot easier (though people will tell you that xmodmap is deprecated, but people have been telling this for a decade, and it's still there).

Very briefly: Run xmodmap -pke, find keycode for capslock and greater/less key, run xmodmap -e 'keycode 123 = ..., where 123 is the keycode for capslock, and ... is the definition for the greater/less key.

If it works, put the line into ~/.Xmodmap, ~/.Xkeyboard or whatever your display manager reads upon login.

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    @Sean You also need clear Lock in the .Xmodmap file, otherwise the key will still sometimes be interpreted as CapsLock and keyboard shortcuts involving pressing that key would fail sometimes. – Gilles Jun 6 '17 at 23:51

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