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Old 06-10-2006, 03:12 AM   #1
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Simple X keyboard shortcut program

What I want to do is very simple but I can't find anything that does it: I want a utility to listen to the keyboard and intercept certain keychords and substitute a string as if it had been typed - a typing shortcut. For example, type Ctrl-Alt-P and it's as if you had typed "".

I used to do this this with loadkeys, but unfortunately the new modular X doesn't use loadkeys any more - that's only good for the console now. X uses something older and cruftier called xkb, or some such utility which lacks the feature.

With loadkeys you could do this:

echo 'string Pause = "hello"' |loadkeys -

and every time you pressed the Pause key you got "hello".

There are heaps of programs out there that intercept keystrokes and _run commands_ but none has the ability to insert something into the input stream. As for my window manager - it's gnome (corporate standard, don't ask) and its shortcut facility sucks. I think KDE would support this but I can't use that.
Old 08-01-2006, 07:10 PM   #2
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ping - anyone? no-one?

ping - anyone? no-one?
Old 08-01-2006, 10:13 PM   #3
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Have you checked out kbde?


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