Is there a way to customize keyboard shortcuts for Evince, the GNOME document viewer?


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I downloaded the source code of evince (source code provided by Debian 9.9, evince 3.22.1) and since every shortcuts are written "as-is" in internationalization files (.po), i guess they are hardcoded.

For example:

help/fr/fr.po:msgid "<keyseq><key>Ctrl</key><key>R</key></keyseq>"
help/fr/fr.po:msgstr "<keyseq><key>Ctrl</key><key>R</key></keyseq>"

I'm trying to dig more, but the way evince manage shortcut is quite ... strange :)


You can edit them in the source code, where they are defined, and rebuild the package:

In theory, evince should read the accels file at init time and merge with the ones it has, so you can also change the accels file, in ~/.config/evince/accels. Keep in mind that it gets overwritten if there are syntax errors.

  • I don't have a file at ~/.config/evince/accels. Is there supposed to be something there?
    – Jonathan
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 2:58
  • It might be distribution/window manager dependent. It is there in Debian 9 + Xfce4. It is created automatically by evince if it does not exist. Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 12:12
  • Do I have to copy it over from some place in the filesystem, like /usr/...evince? I can't find it anywhere
    – Jonathan
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 15:38
  • It should be there. What is your system, its version and the the Evince version? Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 16:03
  • Evince 3.34.1 on Manjaro, with all the latest updates.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 17:17

I resigned to customize keyboard shortcut for Gnome Program. I can not use accels file. I wrote patch for source code in old by portage. However, I gave up because the source code changes frequently.

In now, I use mooz/xkeysnail: Yet another keyboard remapping tool for X environment.

I write config file.

define_keymap(re.compile("Evince"), {
    # t
    K("k"): K("r"),
}, "Evince")

One caution is required, and if you touch a key without a modifier key, it will be converted when you enter it in the search form.

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