I have a thinkpad T430 with an azerty keyboard running endeavourOS: https://imgur.com/a/ywFzZMz

Unfortunately, I can't type the "lower than" and "greater than" symbols. I was hoping that it should be possible to remap some keys (possibly Alt+w and Alt+x) to type these symbols.

Up to now I haven't been successful. I installed keymapper, wrote a keymapper.conf with:

# define some more aliases
  Alt   = AltLeft
  AltGr = AltRight
  Win   = Meta

# Mapping on thinkpad T430 azerty keyboard

Alt{W} >> !Alt IntlBackslash
Alt{X} >> !Alt Shift{IntlBackslash}

then from a console:

$ systemctl start keymapperd
[jeanpat@T430 ~]$ keymapper

with no effect...

I also tried: key mapper screenshot

No more success. Any idea to fix this. Any idea to fix this? Thank you.

  • Which language are you using? Maybe you can use the onboard screen keyboard (if not for permanent use, at least while testing and exploring, because you might find some already existing key combination for < and > )?
    – sudodus
    Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 19:35
  • French. I'm afraid that onboard will be not that convenient, I can use the character app to copy paste.
    – Jean-Pat
    Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 20:11
  • I meant that you can use onboard to check if any of the 'alt' characters and 'alt gr' characters are already your < and > characters. You get a quick overview that way instead of typing them one at a time. You could also check rather easily if some special French keyboard, for example Canadian, has those characters.
    – sudodus
    Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 20:16

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I found the < and > keys on the French keyboard via setxkbmap fr and onboard in my 'normal separate keyboard', and I think and hope that you will find it on the same keys combinations on your Thinkpad T430 keyboard.

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Press Alt Gr (the right Alt) key and the (left) shift key, and you will get the following keys,

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  • < is on the Z key

  • > is on the X key

  • Thank you, altgraph+left shift + Z yields: < But altgraph+left shift + x yields a weird : ›
    – Jean-Pat
    Commented Dec 18, 2021 at 11:22
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    @Jean-Pat, Thanks for the feed-back. I have no keyboard like yours, so it is difficult to test different versions. Maybe you can try [standard French keyboard and] some special French keyboard, for example Canadian, in the search for a convenient way to print that character. An alternative is to ask (the same question as here) at discourse.ubuntu.com and/or at some Lenovo forum.
    – sudodus
    Commented Dec 18, 2021 at 11:35

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