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XCompose: utf-8 char not working

When I switch to the bépo layout (setxkbmap fr bepo_afnor or via ibus), and press the key altGr+j I get an UTF-8 prefix FDD5, that is displayed for instance in firefox via: . The interest is that I'm ...
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Move text cursor with compose key sequence

I was wondering if it is possible in my .Xcompose file to have a compose sequence that also moves the cursor. For example, if I have <Multi_key> <c> <n> <w> : "<code>...
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How to terminate compose key sequence?

I tried adding this compose key sequence to my ~/.XCompose: <Multi_key> <L> <L> : "Λ" U039B # GREEK CAPITAL LETTER LAMDA I then tried to use this in a few places, but the ...
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Changing compose Tables to add new entries?

My PC is running EndeavourOS Linux with KDE Plasma as the DE. I have recently discovered the concept of a compose key while skimming through the colemak website. In the section where it's being ...
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Entering special characters the same way on Windows and Linux

ctrlshiftu followed by the hex value of a Unicode character enters that character. For example, ctrlshiftu41 enters 'A', whose value is 0x41 in hex and 65 in decimal. There's also the compose key, ...
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Entering cyrillic characters using compose key

I'd like to know how to add cyrillic characters to the compose-key without removing any of the existing characters that I have.
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How to add a compose character to a xkb keyboard layout

I created a custom Ukrainian ISO 9 layout successfully (by redacting /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/ua and several other files), it works and all but it lacks one letter, namely G with a grave i.e. 'G̀' (...
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Overwrite existing Compose key sequences in GNOME

I'm using Arch with GNOME 41.3 (Wayland), and I'm trying to rewrite the existing Compose key sequences. I know that I can define custom sequences in my ~/.XCompose by <Multi_key> <key1> &...
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xkb: Why is the compose key set to NoSymbol after a system update (OpenSuSE 15.2 → 15.3)?

After upgrading my OpenSuSE Leap from 15.2 to 15.3, I found out that the Compose key (keycode: 135) was no longer working. In fact, xev no longer recognised it as Multi_key, but as NoSymbol: KeyPress ...
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using caps lock led to show compose key state

i have remapped my caps lock to compose, just like jarmund i don't need my caps lock. this however disables the caps lock led completely. I'm looking for way to turn that led when i triggered the ...
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Peculiar and inconsistent behaviour of compose-key after reboot. How should I troubleshoot?

On my Linux Mint 19.3 - Cinnamon, I have observed that sometimes the compose-key works, sometimes it doesn't. Especially, it stopped working after reboot. Investigating it led me to the conclusions ...
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How to map a sequence of keys to <dead_greek>?

I have mapped Insert to Multi_key (also known as Compose) so I can input ä or µ. I've used xmodmap -e 'keycode 118 = Multi_key' in my wm init script. Now, checking /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/...
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How to map compose key to insert via setxkbmap?

I'm using US (non-international) layout. One way of typing üäöß is setting a compose key via: setxkbmap -layout us -option compose:ralt Unfortunately, this removes the normal "alt" ...
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Why is the behavior of the Compose key different under pure console and X?

I'm setting up the keyboard layouts in Xubuntu 20.04. I generally want to be able to input various Unicode characters, both in pure console and in X, using the same keystrokes. I know that console has ...
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XIM UIM not working Compose Key

I am trying to use custom compose key sequences and have read that I need XIM for it (or UIM). The problem is, Compose Sequences stop working altogether when using it. The side effect that it ...
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Long xcompose combinations don't work in some programs

I have the following lines in ~/.XCompose: <Multi_key> <n> <a> <b> <l> <a> : "∇" <Multi_key> <i> <n> <t> <e> <g> <r> : "∫"...
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Is there a standard namespace for local definitions of multi-key characters in the ~/.XCompose file?

I want to add some personal definitions to my ~/.XCompose file, but I don't want them to conflict with any official definitions (especially those that appear in the future and aren't defined yet). Is ...
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A Compose Key as a Part of a Layout Switch Combination

Why can't I switch my layout with these settings: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option grp:alt_caps_toggle,compose:caps Is it possible at all to have a compose key assigned on CapsLock and a layout switch ...
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Compose key with FCITX

I'm using Arch+KDE Plasma. In the Plasma settings, I added the Compose-key to right-control. Didn't change any other settings. I recently installed FCITX (with the French AZERTY and the Japanese MOZC ...
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XCompose is not updated for Urxvt when window manager starts

I am using awesome WM. When I start my window manager, I run setxkbmap -option compose:menu which has a ~/.XCompose with various extra definitions. Those work fine in Gvim, Firefox, Signal, and Slack (...
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XCompose multiple characters: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In my ~/.XCompose, I have this line: <Multi_key> + <3> + <3> : "¯\_(ツ)_/¯" # Shrug. Which sadly, does not do what I want. Since only the first characters of the shrug is used. Can ...
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Is there a way to reload the .XCompose file in Fedora?

I am currently custumizing my .XCompose file in Fedora 29 Workstation (with the default GNOME 3, Wayland, etc). It seems that it does follow the rules I add to the ~/.XCompose file, but if I make ...
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How to disable compose key on fedora 28?

I'm on Fedora 28 gnome desktop interface. Some time ago I mistakenly set the right Ctrl key as compose key. Because of this, after every reboot, the right Ctrl key (rctrl) is inactive -- for e.g. ...
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What are accents in Xcompose?

I have been trying to figure out this thing called XCompose. Apparently if I use it correctly, I can do things like writing é or any such letter easily but don't understand how it works: I did do the ...
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why leafpad cannot display compose contents from /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8

I tried to view the file Compose from /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8 using - usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8$ leafpad Compose and got the following sort of blank page. I know it's not blank ...
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How can I use ~/.XCompose with IBus and KDE plasma (on NixOS)

I want to use IBus with libpinyin on my NixOS install with KDE plasma. IBus is installed and works fine, with the following config in /etc/nixos/configuration.nix # use IBus for input i18n....
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GTK apps don't respect compose key mappings

I have compose key set up on my openSUSE Tumbleweed (KDE) to map <apostrophe> + <c> to "ć" (U0107). I keep the rules in ~/.XCompose and all the programs respect them (e.g. Kate, Terminal, ...
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Typing dead key after base letter

The US International keyboard allows to add diacritics by means of dead keys. Specifically: `a maps to à and 'a maps to á. In X, using the international or the standard US keyboard, I would like ...
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Validate ~/.XCompose

I'm working on creating my own compose key sequences in ~/.XCompose. As I add more and more sequences, occasionally I make typos or use the same sequence for different symbols. Examples: Typo / Non-...
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Map the compose key to the right click key in KDE Neon [closed]

How can I map the compose key on my laptop keyboard to the right click key? I am using KDE Neon.
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Compose key not working

I added setxkbmap -option "compose:ralt" to my .xinitrc to map the right alt key as the compose key (Multi_key) and copied the default .XCompose file to my home directory. Why is the compose key now ...
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Fedora 25 doesn't allow me to set a Compose Key

On Fedora 24, setting a compose key was easy, the keyboard shortcuts setting was there to help. I upgraded to Fedora 25 and now that setting changed and I can't set a compose key anymore. Here is ...
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GNOME compose key not working after replacing window manager

I decided to give Qtile window manager a try. It's running together with GNOME. That is, at least the gnome-session is running, launched from Qtile's autostart script. However, the compose key, which ...
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GTK_IM_MODULE=xim breaks dead keys in GTK and QT applications

I'm using XIM to have the compose key take into account my ~/.XCompose file (it's the only input method that takes it into account, all the others I tried use hard-coded tables). However, it is ...
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Why does the system compose sequences take priority over my .XCompose file in Qt apps?

My usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose <Multi_key> <minus> <greater> : "→" #Rightwards arrow My .XCompose file has a similar rule with a space at the end <Multi_key> &...
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How to list all currently available compose key combinations?

Is there some way to inspect the state of X to get exactly and only a list of compose key shortcuts and what they map to, either as literal keys, for example: aa å 88 ∞ or as glyph names, for example:...
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How to create lowercase pi (“π”) with compose key?

I'm pretty sure I used to be able to create lowercase pi characters using Composepi (as described on for example fsymbols.com), but it no longer works. My compose key works for other characters (like ...
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Is it possible to bind [Compose] + [`] + [`] to type “ (opening double quote)?

I know I can type the opening quote using [Compose] + [<] + ["], but that's quite cumbersome. I'd like to rebind relatively often typed sequences so that they are easier to reach. In my .XCompose ...
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Why some compose keys don't work?

For instance, I can enter a pound £ or yen ¥ symbol, but not a Euro symbol; a copyright © but not trademark, and so on. All the characters seem to be defined in the system compose file (/usr/share/...
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Modifier keys in compose sequence

How is the syntax for .XCompose for sequences containing modifier keys? The manpage says (! MODIFIER ), but I did not manage to make it work. How is, e. g. the syntax for, let's say first AltGr and a, ...
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Add custom compose key sequence (not working) [closed]

I use Trisquel 7.0 LTS (Comes with GNOME 3 Flashback). I visited some post like this and this. on the topic about adding custom compose key sequence. I set Menu Key as Compose Key: I created ~/....
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Remapping Caps Lock to Compose

Because I now and then need to use scandinavian letters despite using US Dvorak as my layout, I would like to use Caps Lock as a compose key. (I don't need Caps Lock at all, I'm not a forum troll) ...
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Force English layout for the «Compose» key pressed

I like using Compose key. The problem is that large part of my text being typed in non-english layout. This means that some symbols messed up, and most isn't even present (i.e. latin characters). ...
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Compose plus apostrophe doesn't work with Cyrillic

I used to have a custom .XCompose, I removed it to possibly eliminate the cause. Unfortunately, the problem persists - I can't create an accented Cyrillic character, such as the ones here [1]. Simply ...
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How to write short alpha using the compose key

I'd like to enter a short alpha using the compose key: ᾰ. I tried using compose+U+α but this doesn't work. Neither does using b instead of U. How can I enter the short alpha using the compose key?
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Some apps doesn't accept some characters from the «Compose» key

The problem is that the compose key works fine, but some application doesn't accept some characters from it. E.g. I can type the character ∞ in Emacs (Compose+8+8), but this won't work in FireFox, ...
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Where are default compose-key bindings stored?

I recently discovered the compose key. It's wonderful to type Compose-> and get a Unicode right-arrow (→). I know I can add my own, but where can I find a complete chart of the defaults? The ...
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Using per-user keyboard XKBOPTIONS for all desktop environments

I have set the compose key correctly by typing setxkbmap -option compose:rwin in XFCE, but before that I just flipped a switch in Gnome 3. Meaning that desktop environment has different ways of ...
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Why is my Compose key not being passed to Synergy?

The key that I assign to the compose key (right Alt) is not passed to the remote computer by Synergy. I don't know if it's a problem with Synergy or with X, but my guess is that the compose key is '...
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Chrome loses Compose sequences whose last character uses Shift [closed]

In Chrome 35.0.1916.153 or 36.0.1985.125, sometimes, my Compose key partially doesn't work. As far as I can tell, combinations whose last character uses the Shift key that don't work. For example, 'e→...
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