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Old 01-18-2004, 03:22 PM   #1
annekaelber
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Customize keyboard maps?


Hello,

I'm running kernel 2.4.20 (about to go to 2.4.24) in a Slackware distro, with a Logitech cordless keyboard (USB|PS/2). I'm interested in customizing my keyboard map---note: not changing for another _language_, just modifying the layout a little.

My question is: how do I determine what my computer is _currently_ using? I'd like to use this as a base for the changes.

I'm most interested in making changes for when I am in X, but would also like the option to have these changes outside of X.

An example of a change: Currently, if I type Meta+M, I get an accented i (and Shift+Meta+M gives me an accented capital I). I'd like to make it such that Meta+i does this. It's not working in this form, either... Also, the documentation I've found suggests that it should be Alt+M that does this...

I've been RTFM'ing documentation from here and back and it's all talking about customizing for another language---and does not point me to the "default" keymap.

Thanks,
Anne.
 
Old 01-24-2004, 02:53 AM   #2
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Re: Customize keyboard maps?

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Originally posted by ciranhi
I've been RTFM'ing documentation from here and back and it's all talking about customizing for another language---and does not point me to the "default" keymap.
Just a quick follow-up to my original post:

I'm still searching for some answers. I've found some sites which talk about creating a set of rules and I may start playing with them. For those who might be interested, this is where I'm getting started from:

http://pascal.tsu.ru/en/xkb/setup.html

http://spegill.linux.is/XFree86/snap...KB-Config.html

I hope to have time to fiddle with this over the weekend (once Opportunity has landed safely on Mars!). I'll post back here on how it goes, in case anyone else may find it useful.

Anne.
 
Old 01-28-2004, 07:28 PM   #3
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Lightbulb Resolved, I think....

Another update from me...

It's not the _full_ solution I was hoping for, but I did get somewhere. In the event anyone else could use this information, here's the best link of all:

http://hints.linuxfromscratch.co.uk/...oard_us2es.txt

This is aimed at those who wish to make changes to their keyboard layout in X. (I am still trying to comprehend the Linux keyboard outside of X.) This article finally explained (clearly) what keycode and keysym are. I would mangle any explanation, so please read the whole article to get the full picture.

If any gurus are reading this, I think there needs to be more documentation that deals with _where_ my default keyboard layout is coming from. xmodmap -pke shows me what that map (theoretically) is, but I can get some strange characters by typing Alt+<character> which do not show in the keymap. These characters do not show at a virtual terminal, nor in a gnome-terminal. It appears to be xterm-specific. Where is it getting these from? Is this part of the Linux keymap? Where is that stored?

Why do I keep finding more questions than answers? *grin*
Anne.
 
  


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