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Old 03-03-2003, 11:10 PM   #1
jonr
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Why doesn't bbkeys work?


I decided I enjoy the simple looks and friendly feel of Blackbox window manager, so I'm using it at least for the time being. But I wanted key control over moving from one workspace to another, etc., so I installed bbkeys. I was able to run it and configure it but the shortcuts I configured do not work.

After reading everything I could find on the Web about it, I decided it might be because it wasn't starting up before Blackbox. So with fear and trembling I edited my initconfig file to start in runlevel 3 instead of runlevel 5. I also wrote an .xinitrc file to start bbkeys and then execute blackbox, and placed it in my home directory.

To my surprise and relief, it worked. But bbkeys still does nothing.

Any idea what's wrong? I know bbkeys is finding the configuration file, because when I edit it by hand it shows the changes if I invoke the configuration feature from bbkeys later.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 11:44 PM   #2
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you're ~/.bbkeysrc should resemble this:

Code:
KeyToGrab(Down), WithModifier(Control), WithAction(ShadeWindow)
KeyToGrab(Left), WithModifier(Control), WithAction(PrevWorkspace)
KeyToGrab(Right), WithModifier(Control), WithAction(NextWorkspace)
see, if you can get bbkeys to work on its own (ie. starting it from an xterm). If so, then getting it to run on startup should be a piece of cake (btw, you may consider using ~/.xsession instead of ~/.xinitrc, since it's more 'universal')
 
Old 03-03-2003, 11:56 PM   #3
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Thank you so much, Cuckoopint! It worked.

I didn't realize you had to spell out "Right" and "Left" and some others. I probably could have learned this from the man page, but didn't know or think to look for it. I was actually pressing the left arrow, etc. key for it to be "grabbed" because I've used other configuration programs that did actually grab the keycode during configuration. Then I tried "R" and "L" because the examples showed those--not realizing they meant LITERAL "R" and "L."

Hope this may help somebody else to implement this very useful utility. Thanks again.

Last edited by jonr; 03-04-2003 at 12:00 AM.
 
Old 03-04-2003, 08:13 PM   #4
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cool. kinda good that it was a simple problem, eh?
 
  


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