Questions tagged [keyboard]

General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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Diacritics do not work in GTK+ applications running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I am using some GTK+ applications in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. My MacBook is configured for using the Brazilian layout, which allows it to enter diacritics as dead keys (so I can write á typing ' and ...
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Does xkb support complex key combinations such as mapping s+hjkl to left, down, up, and right?

I'm trying to configure xkb to make it register left, down, up, and right arrow when I hold s (the letter) and press h, j, k, or l (similar to Karabiner on MacOS). This will allow navigation in vim or ...
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How to show the status of all modifier keys in X11?

I have a remote connection through NX client (Remmina) from my local box (Ubuntu 12.04) onto a remote Linux box (CentOS 5.3) with no root privilege, and it only has a strictly restricted internet ...
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Enable numlock when new external keyboard is connected?

I'm not sure this is possible, but I thought why not to ask. I have a laptop without a numeric block, and use it sometimes with external keyboard. Numlock for the internal keyboard = useless, so I ...
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First key pressed repeates forever

I just installed CentOS 6.4 on an old machine I acquired for a development box, but I am running into keyboard issues I can't get around. I start the machine and go to type a user name in and ...
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Keyboard repeat without pressing a key

Occasionally a key repeats although I do not press the key. I would like to prevent this phenomenon. The phenomenon happens when I am pressing Ctrl+w again and again. After several times of Ctrl+w, w ...
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ThinkPad second “sticky” backspace key

I have bought a Lenovo ThinkPad T580, and noticed that in the upper right corner of the keyboard, there is a second backspace button (in addition to the other backspace button right above the ENTER-...
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Polytonic Greek keyboard not working as described in keymap

On my Debian machine (using Gnome for X), I have it set up to switch between English (US) and Greek (Polytonic) for the keyboards. In the Greek keymap file (/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/gr), I have the ...
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Sound feedback while in terminal/text editor?

When I am typing in the terminal, often I am typing in commands or code without necessarily looking at the screen. Probably this would annoy many people, but for me I would like audible feedback from ...
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how to remap super keys?

I'm playing around with keyboard settings, and wanted to remap my windows keys to tab, for convenience. So I tried (133 is the left super key on my keyboard) xmodmap -e "keycode 133 = Tab Super_L" ...
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Use two different keyboards with different layouts in FreeBSD in X environment

I have bought a laptop and installed FreeBSD on it. I am now trying to finish this all. The laptop has a Danish keyboard, but I have also a USB typematrix keyboard with bépo (French Dvorak) layout ...
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Can I xmodmap only a specific keyboard?

I'd like to swap some keys but only in external keyboard. Is this possible with xmodmap? I've found this question: Can I Xmodmap only a specific device? but it refers only to mouse. I found here ...
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Reading GPG passphrase from the physical keyboard in OpenBSD

I'm using Synergy to control an OpenBSD desktop from a Linux computer (think of it like a VNC client/server). That is to say what I type on the keyboard goes through a network connection before it ...
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Bluetooth keyboard not showing up in /dev/input

I've just installed an Apple Wireless keyboard on a Debian system. I used this guide and only console tools — no X on that machine yet. The keyboard works fine. Now I want to remap a right Cmd key ...
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Keep keyboard layout upon inserting external keyboard

I have a custom keyboard layout, that I enable using this commands: setxkbmap -verbose us -variant altgr-intl xmodmap -verbose /home/coub/.myxmodmap This works just fine, the thing is, that when I ...
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How can I set repeat rate of USB keyboard with udev?

How can I get my keyboard repeat rate to apply to a hotplugged USB keyboard? I made a udev rule to set the keyboard repeat delay and rate, /etc/udev/rules.d/99-usb-keyboard.rules with the following ...
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OS X-like deadkeys behavior on Linux

I'm on Debian (actually Crunchbang), and my notebook has a default US layout keyboard. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR), so I've changed my layout with setxkbmap -layout us -variant ...
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Check if Keyboard and Mouse are plugged in

Is there a way to detect if a keyboard and a mouse is plugged in (and working) in Linux? This will be embedded in a PXE setup, so I only have Kernel + Modules and Busybox available. Bonus question: ...
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Emulating scroll lock behaviour to trigger USB KVM switch

At work, I use two computers: one Windows machine for intranet and mail, one Ubuntu machine on a separate network for development. In order to easily switch between the two I use a simple USB KVM ...
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Using xmodmap to remap Caps_Lock to Control and Tab to Alt breaks C-M-KEY combos

Here's the goal: swap CapsLock and CtrlL and also swap Tab and AltL. (This would allow me to have both useful modifiers easily accessible). I have tried a few different ways to do this with xmodmap ...
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setxkbmap conflicting with xmodmap

So initially I had the following in my ~/.Xmodmap which mapped CapsLock+HJKL to left/down/up/right like in vim: keycode 66 = Mode_switch keysym h = h H Left keysym j = j J Down keysym k = k K Up ...
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How keyboard's drivers work on linux

I recently bought a new keyboard, it was cheap and of an unknown brand but i wasn't particularly worried. I found out that on linux pressing shift, super, left-ctrl or left-alt with this keyboard made ...
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Remapping apple keyboard modifier keys with xkbOptions

I want to remap my apple keyboard's keys so that just to the right of the spacebar I have a key that acts as Ctrl and to the left of the spacebar I want the first button to acts as alt/meta and the ...
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Linux: Onscreen swipe keyboard

I injured my hand so that typing is now difficult. I have a touchscreen monitor on my laptop and am running Debian. Is there an on-screen keyboard which has swipe capabilities like the Google ...
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Debian with exact Keyboard settings as in Windows 10

I use Windows 10 with an English-Hebrew keyboard. I have basically three modes: Switch between lowercase English and Hebrew: ALT+SHIFT. Switch between lowercase English and Uppercase English: ...
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Is it possible to bind a key shortcut to another key shortcut using Xbindkeys?

What I'm trying to do is to pre-configure a Logitech G602 assigning a specific key combination to each configurable button (G6, G7, G7 etc...) The only way to do that is on Windows (to save the key ...
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how to disable keyboard on debian 9 with shortcut?

I want to know if it's possible to configure Debian 9 to dedicate one key on the keyboard to disable the the rest of the keyboard. I'm trying to watch something and my cat keeps walking on the ...
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Console-only virtual keyboard

I'm setting up Linux on a tablet pc. Is there a virtual keyboard for the console? I want an input method for emergency cases, when X Window cannot be used and no wired keyboard is available. I'm on ...
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No Keyboard Recognized after Startup

To preface, I am very new to Linux. I only know the basics of navigating the file structure, and checking IP addresses. I am trying to get a Linux box stood up for my own personal fun, and also for ...
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Fedora 25 Keyboard not working + KDE Plasma bug

Fresh install of fedora 25. I have a corsair keyboard which runs on Ubuntu with an open source driver (ckb). On fedora, it doesn't work at all when prompted to decrypt the HDD (I have full disk ...
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Xorg dualhead map keyboard and mouse input to specific screen only

Below is our xorg.conf file for dualhead monitor configuration. We need to map keyboard and mouse to specific screen only as another screen is for video playback. With provided configuration mouse is ...
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How can I remap mouse buttons to modifier keys?

I have a fairly standard Logitech M510 wireless mouse with the three regular buttons, forward and back buttons, and scrolling and sidescrolling. The forward and back buttons are worse than useless ...
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Set up bluetooth keyboard to enter disk encryption password

How can I set up a bluetooth keyboard, so that I can use it to enter the disk encryption key, so that my encrypted linux system boots.
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Custom keyboard shortcut to switch on certain language on Fedora

I am using Fedora OS. I need to set up the custom keyboard shortcut to switch keyboard to certain language. I. e. right Shift to English and left Shift to Russian. Fedora keyboard settings allows only ...
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Help with udev rules my Keyboard thinks it's a Joystick

I'm running Archlinux and I have a weird problem my "Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600" gets picked up as a Joystick and a Keyboard for some reason. Note: Output trimmed ─$ xinput list Virtual core ...
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Cannot use keyboard within Qt app without sudo

I have an embedded Qt application crosscompiled that runs on BeagleBone Black. It works Ok, but one thing- It doesn't accept keyboard input if I won't run in directly on BeagleBone Black preceeding ...
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How can the xkb layout settings be simplified?

The question is, if there is a way to simplify the structure of the xkb configuration related to keyboard layouts? As explained in further detail below there are 5 independent places in which a ...
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Mouse and keyboard not working (extreme lag) after fresh install Linux Mint 17.1

After installing Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.1 (32 bit) on my vaio z laptop, the mouse and keyboard start working for a few seconds, then freeze and continue to work very intermittently. For example, I hit ...
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Keyboard key is not recognized even with showkey

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, in a laptop that I carry around and use with different physical keyboards (as I don't feel comfortable with laptop keyboards) For one of those keyboards (Dell SK-8135) the ...
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A ton of input at the login appears to lock the machine?

Occasionally my one year old son will come into my office where my machine is at the command line login prompt. As my little geekling is wont, he starts banging on the keyboard like Daddy does. As ...
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Remapping Left Control <LCTL> in xkb changes behavior of Alt + Left Shift

For some reason pressing any alt key (including <MENU>) together with <LFSH> toggles "Switch windows of an application". This can be turned off by commenting out key <LCTL> { [ ...
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Alternate keyboard inputs: dwm on Debian

Currently my laptop's keyboard has some broken keys (z, x, c). When using my Windows partition I know I can just use Alt-codes to enter the keys or use alternate hotkeys for the respective keys (Alt- ...
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Keyboard backlight is very dim

I have a Samsung Series 9 running Fedora. It has a backlit keyboard but even at the maximum setting, keys are not readable. The functions keys controlling the level are working, the OSD indicator ...
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Logitech G110 Multimedia Keys in Linux Mint 14

I know that plenty of questions have been asked about multimedia keys, but I'm having trouble finding a solution for my specific problem. I have a Logitech G110 keyboard, which (besides the macro ...
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Netbook w/ Fedora 17 and USB Numpad at Boot Disables Internal Keyboard

I have a netbook with F17 installed. No X, just text console. The system boots fine and the internal keyboard works. I can plugin a USB numpad after boot and it functions reliably. However, if the ...
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How to load HID kernel module from the kernel command line?

While upgrading a server from kernel 3.2.9 to kernel 3.5 I had a problem with the network (ifconfig eth0 up won't work) so I updated the system to get a newer userspace, but in the process something ...
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USB keyboard won't work with usbhid driver

I have an HP thin client (model t5325) which runs Debian Linux (kernel 2.6.22.18-1-armel). We are testing some kiosk keyboards from Operator Interface Technology which are presenting themselves to ...
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Slow keyboard response in some Distros

I will be quick and clear. My keyboard is very slow in Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, PCLinuxOS and LinuxMint. It works fine in Mandriva, Fedora and Sabayon (Gentoo Based) It is slow even in Gentoo ...
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Only keypress is recognized, no key release

I've been trying for quite some time to map my audio controls to the corresponding XF86 keys. However,three keys: XF86AudioLowerVolume, XF86AudioRaiseVolume & XF86AudioMute refuse to work properly....
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What's up with input on Linux 5.3?

I recently upgraded to Linux 5.3, and had a problem which significantly impacted usability: during some disk I/O spikes, mouse movements, and sometimes keystrokes, wouldn't register, so I couldn't do ...