I am using Kubuntu Linux 12.04 on a Macbook Pro, and I am seeking the ability to use the Command/Meta key for common shortcuts such as copy, paste, and select all.
- Remap Copy, Paste, Select All, and others in KDE's System Settings > Shortcuts and Gestures > Standard Keyboard Shortcuts
- Problem: These shortcuts appear to be ignored by most applications. All web browsers that I tested continued expecting the Ctrl key where I indicated desire of using the Meta key. Due to being unable to find a working web browser, I did not attempt any other applications.
- Tested in: Firefox, Chromium, Rekonq, Arora, Konqueror.
- Swap Meta with Ctrl using xmodmap.
- Problem: Terminal emulators would then require the use of the Meta key in place of the Ctrl key for commands such as the keyboard interrupt, most Emacs bindings, and countless other bindings in various CLI applications.
- Individually change common shortcuts within GUI applications. Unfortunately, being able to change the bindings for Copy, Paste, and Select All appears to be rare.
- Change Ctrl modifier for only Konsole (or another terminal emulator.) This would ideally cause Meta-x to produce the keystroke Ctrl-x and vice-versa. I cannot find any way to accomplish this, however.
- Use stty to change the bindings for terminal key commands to use meta and additionally write custom config files for all other CLI applications. This would require an unreasonable amount of effort to accomplish.
I am extremely surprised at how much effort this simple modification is appearing to require, and I will appreciate any help that can be provided to find a reasonable working solution.