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Old 04-07-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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rebind key in TTY


Hello,
one of the keys on my laptop is dead, it is the D key. I'm getting by in X with this command:
xmodmap -e 'keycode 135=d'

This rebinds D to submenu key that i don't use.
However this only works in X. I'm trying to build minimal Arch installation where i would like to use TTY consoles as much as possible.
My question is how to rebind keys in TTY?
 
Old 04-10-2012, 05:51 AM   #2
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http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO-5.html
see 5.2 How to tell Linux what code to generate when a key is pressed
 
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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Awesome, almost gave up on this. Will test it as soon as i home from work. Thanks!
 
Old 04-10-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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I've tried the method of changing keybinds from the link, didn't work on this distro but gave me an idea to explore - create a custom keymap and load it from rc.conf. Aside from few problems it was easy enough following tips from Arch Wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/KEYMAP

Problems were: not all keys are loaded in TTY compared to X. My choice for alternative D, key 135, wasn't recognized so early in boot instead i had to pick a different key (CapsLock). To add to confusion xev tool is reporting X keycodes that are different from codes used in TTY so is of no use. CapsLock in X is keycode 66, in TTY it's 58. Best place to look for correct codes is in keymaps themselfs /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/.
 
  


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