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How can I add a functioning Control key to my keyboard layout?

I'm working on adding my keyboard layout to /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols. So far it's going good, but I am having trouble with adding Control and Shift keys. key <AC03> {[ NoSymbol, NoSymbol, ...
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Automatically typing only in Debian

While trying to log in my Debian (bookworm) , if I just press any key to type my password, it'll start typing Automatically. But if I boot in to Kali (dual boot) everything is fine.. No keys are stuck....
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F4 not working on Yoga 7

I bought the Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 with the AMD processor, and installed Fedora on it. For now, it runs smoothly: the only problem I noticed is that, although all keyboard keys and combinations work, the ...
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How to configure key press repeat delay?

I have less-than-perfect connection to a Centos & machine via VNC. One problem is a slow echo; a worse one is a keypress repeat. When I type, say, cat, at normal speed, a couple seconds later I ...
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Bottom row of keys will not type, unless they are held down for a random(?) amount of seconds, to which they then work for a bit before regressing

System $ uname -r 6.6.23-1-rt28-MANJARO $ cat /etc/*release Manjaro Linux DISTRIB_ID="ManjaroLinux" DISTRIB_RELEASE="24.0.0" DISTRIB_CODENAME="Wynsdey" ...
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Most Keyboard Keys Stopped Working on E15 Laptop

Recently, almost all of my Keys stopped working on my e15 thinkpad, and I am not quite sure how to diagnose if this is a hardware issue or not. I don't remember how it started. My usual Keyboard ...
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need to customize my keyboard layout to use the key (>/<) which is at an unusual place on my keyboard

I've got a Dell laptop Dell Inc. XPS 13 9360 and my keyboard has this key at the place usually dedicated for right CTRL (see this pic, not mine but same place) _____ | > | | < | _____ ("...
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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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Keylogger protection in TTY3

I noticed that, when I go to TTY3 (by typing CTRL+ALT+3), bucklespring stops working, and when I go out to the GUI it works again. Also, when I run xinput test-xi2 on TTY3, it tells me 'Unable to ...
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KDE Plasma Left-Alt key not working as expected in certain applications

I have noticed that my left-alt key not working in certain applications on my Arch Linux KDE plasma setup. The key still works with keyboard shortcuts (such as Alt-Tab), and the xev tool in the ...
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What's the proper keyboard layout for the slim keyboard Froggit PK-703 in Gnome on Debian 12 bookworm?

What's the proper (German) keyboard layout for the slim keyboard Froggit PK-703 (Source: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B073WFDMXJ) in Gnome on Debian 12 bookworm? As of now, the computer to which the ...
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Can't type ê (^ + e on my French keyboard) anymore. Dead keys and Ctrl-Shift-u aren't working anymore. But my keyboard has still French layout

(EDIT: eventually, it's a Debian regression that should be corrected soon. Avoid updating to the 6.1.0.21-amd64 image until then) On Debian 12 (6.1.0-21-amd64), GNOME, I was writing a message fast on ...
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How to get function keys working on a Yunzii keyboard?

I have a Yunzii B705 keyboard. It has a row of multimedia keys that double as the function keys. Neither the multimedia nor function keys can work. I don't care about using the multimedia functions, ...
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Remap Right Alt to Backspace

As the title says how can I remap Right Alt to Backspace? I am on X11 I am aware that something can be done using setxkbmap but I not aware of the command for my particular case.
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Unable to get my lowercase W key to function on Manjaro Linux no matter what I try

I am currently having issues getting my lowercase "w" key to work and be detected by input, but nothing that I do seems to work at all. I began troubleshooting the problem by going to *...
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Is there a better way than `setkeycodes` to add support for the laptop Fn key?

I just got a new laptop (https://linux-hardware.org/?probe=03e388324a), MSI Prestige 16 AI Studio B1VGG. The laptop's keyboard lacks Home/End/PageUp/PageDown keys, so I'd like to map Fn+Left/Right/Up/...
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xfce4 shortcuts (mostly) not working with xdotool

I want to make a keyboard shortcuts for automatically entering predefined texts with xdotool. I made a shell script file and want to run it through the keyboard. When i assign shortcut throught xfce4'...
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What keycodes can be used for keyboard shortcuts in Nemo file manager?

In the Nemo file manager (the default in Linux Mint), what keycodes can be used to specify non-alphabetic keyboard keys? Specifically, I want to assign Ctrl+; to a built-in Nemo function. I have no ...
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two windows use two arrow key

I have an idea, I hope to have two windows side by side on the screen, for example evince on the left and gedit on the right. I hope that Fn+WASD can move the cursor in evince, and Fn+IJKL can move ...
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Keyboard after connecting still not working

I connected my keyboard in linux mint: but strangely i can't still type with the keyboard. Can someone help me?
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Why do the lights of keyboard turn on after standby?

What causes the keyboard to stay turned on (or turn back on a few min later) after standby and how to make it turn off on Debian? There are a few lights on my USB keyboard and for a long time after ...
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Sometimes the keyboard is turned off when waking from standby after upgrading to Debian12

After upgrading to Debian12 with KDE, sometimes the keyboard of a laptop is turned off while the touchpad still works. It doesn't work again after putting it back into standby and then waking it from ...
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GNOME OS NIGHTLY I zoomed in and now I can’t zoom out (cant use keyboard)

My keyboard died a few days ago and I started using screen keyboard. However I pressed on the "zoom in" button and I can't zoom out. I've tried restarting my pc multiple times, however even ...
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xkb utf8 symbols but no syms

Fedora 39 here, but this should apply in general for any linux. My ~/.xkb/symbols/my has this (part): replace key <FK01> { [ F1, F1, {H,e,l,l,o}, {W,o,r,l,d}, XF86_Switch_VT_1 ] }; ...
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How to define a new xkb type and make it the defaul for a specific layout?

I am a Java programmer and I often need to write lots of text in Hungarian, German or Slovak. Quite often, I have to do all simultaneously, which makes constantly switching between different layouts ...
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What are c: and m: in xbindkeys configuration?

In the default example configuration for xbindkeys, there is an example of specifying keycodes directly: # set directly keycode (here control + f with my keyboard) #"xterm" # c:41 + m:0x4 ...
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Can I use whatever method GRUB uses to interact with keyboard inside the main system?

This question is effectively a follow-up to this one (to which I haven't got a satisfactory answer, also look there for the list of things I tried to fix the keyboard problem). My new laptop has a ...
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Unable to change keyboard layout?

What the hell? Installing a fresh Kali linux from an .iso file in VirtualBox. I’ve tried everything, localctl, dpkg-reconfigure, setxmap, even trying to force write in /etc/default/xorg.conf.d, etc… ...
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How to make one keystroke emit three Unicode characters in a custom keyboard layout in Linux Mint?

I have created a custom keyboard layout for my regional language by editing different files.  It works fine except for one problem.  One of the characters needs three Unicode characters in combination,...
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keyboard long press for special characters

Is there a way (in KDE) to get the long-press show special characters as in MacOS? I haven't used a Mac in nearly two years and I miss the feature when long pressing the "a" key, for ...
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My embedded application doesn't receive keyboard events (Linux framebuffer/Qt+QML application/systemd service/VNC server)

I need to remotely control a Qt / QML application on an embedded ARM instrument. I intended to do that using VNC. This doesn't work. An USB keyboard plugged in the instrument doesn't work either. NB: ...
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Stopping keyboard input from propagating to UI

I'm trying to set up a kiosk machine. This is a PC with a touchscreen and no physical mouse or keyboard attached during normal operation. Currently I'm working with Debian 12, but I plan to look ...
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Any possible methods to make the X86WebCam button work on Linux, just like on Windows, to enable/disable camera?

I am using a laptop with a camera switch in the keyboard, triggered by Fn. In most cases, since I am using dual boot with Windows 11, the camera is disabled using it. A red LED on the keyboard is on ...
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Logitech K120 Spanish keyboard composite key

I'm using MX Linux 23.2, my keyboard is Logitech K120 Spanish, during installation, I chose 104key-pc keyboard, but when trying to configure composite key to create accent char (such as á, à, ã, ç, ...
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on a Chromebook converted to Linux running KDE, how to fully move Ctrl to left-of-A?

I'm running a Chromebook converted to Linux with EndeavourOS and KDE. I'm having trouble repurposing the key-to-the-left-of-A (i.e., "Search") as the Control key completely. The closest ...
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When I press a function key on my laptop (volume, mute) it returns the keycode inside my terminal

Whenever I press a function key on my laptop the key-code gets returned (438u, 440u, 439u) on my tty emulator. I am using Arch Linux with Wayland, and my shell is zsh. Any idea where I can edit this ...
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How can I prohibit the capture of the mouse and keyboard?

I use Fedora 38 with KDE 5.27.9. I have an application, which is just a kind of remote desktop tool, which I need running all the time. And like all this type of applications, it has mouse and ...
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Plasma 5.27.8 Microsoft keyboard switch expression key to right ctrl

I have a Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard. I recently installed Kubuntu and wanted to use the "expression key" key as a right ctrl. In windows it was a simple solution, changing the key ...
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HP PS/2 style keyboard preventing suspend

We have openSUSE Tumbleweed running on this machine. We had attached a wireless HP keyboard to the machine and suspend worked well from what I could tell. The issue is the keyboard was not taking keys ...
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Supporting extra LEDs on laptop keyboard

My laptop, an HP Elitebook 745 G6, has some extra keys on its keyboard: a presentation key, a call answer key, and a hangup key. Each of these keys has an LED on it. Where might I begin to look to be ...
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Why does my keyboard stop working after a screen lock?

I am using i3, betterlockscreen and Arch Linux. It is configured to lock itself after some minutes of inactivity. When this happens and I unlock, the keyboard does not appear to work thereafter. My ...
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Linux Mint: CTRL button not work for the first times after focus on any input window

When I change the focus to any window where text needs to be entered (it can be a terminal, an IDE, a browser, etc.), the first few times the CTRL+C or CTRL+V or CTRL+A combinations don't work and ...
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What should be done when a terminal application does not recognise some keyboard inputs? [duplicate]

I'm trying to play a very old Star Trek BSD game. It recognises characters that I type, but I occasionally make an error and want to use the arrow keys to correct it. This always fails. The pressing ...
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Map alt-e to ctrl-Tab. Mint, Xfce

I have Linux Mint, Xfce. I want to change tabs in Firefox by pressing Alt-e, rather than the default Ctrl-Tab. In order to do that I must remap those keys in the Xfce UI. In Xfce I can map a key to ...
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Map Alt-c to Ctrl-u

Im writing the ~/.bashrc file. I want to bind, Alt-c to Ctrl-u. So that when I press Alt-c. The functionality of Ctrl-u should happen. Ctrl-u clears the text on the terminal. So Alt-c should now do ...
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Delete key takes to start of line on gnome 45

My Delete key is misbehaving on Gnome. It was working fine on KDE and Windows. I tried to turn on screencast mode on VSCode, but it says that I have pressed DeleteHome even though I had only pressed ...
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keyboard detected but no keys events are received

I have this macro keyboard. On Windows it works as expected, but under Linux (both a Raspberry Pi 0w with the latest OS and a desktop installation of Debian 12) it doesn't. It is detected as far as I ...
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Linux randomly enables and disables tablet mode on a Lenovo Thinkpad X1

I use a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 (Gen 6) laptop. Currently, I'm on Fedora. In the GRUB menu, the internal keyboard works as expected. While using the OS, the keyboard is mainly unresponsive, but sometimes ...
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How to disable/enable keyboard?

Is there a command line (CLI) command to disable all keyboards on a machine, and then also a CLI command to re-enable them? I'm on a laptop with an internal and external keyboard, I need to disable/...
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Keyboard not working in GRUB

I have an MSI all-in-one PC with windows 10 and ubuntu. Usually I would start it up and go to ubuntu booting page and I had configured it in a way so that if I don't select any options after 3 seconds ...
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