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Re: Alt_L and Alt_R are not the same


From: Ehud Karni
Subject: Re: Alt_L and Alt_R are not the same
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 14:27:23 +0200

On Tue, 02 Oct 2001 02:17:32 +0200, Alex Schroeder <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
> I just remapped two of my keys in .Xmodmap as follows:
> 
> keycode 115 = Alt_L
> keycode 116 = Alt_R
> 
> When I run xmodmap, these changes are reflected:
> 
> ~$ xmodmap -pk
> ...
>     115       0xffe9 (Alt_L)  
>     116       0xffea (Alt_R)  
> ...
> 
> Emacs, however, seems to recognize only Alt_L as "A-" modifier.
> When I use C-h k and then Alt_L + q I get:
> 
>   A-q is undefined
> 
> When I use C-h k and then Alt_R + q I get:
> 
>   q runs the command self-insert-command
> 
> I think Emacs should treat both Alt_L and Alt_R as "A-" and therefore
> I expected Emacs to respond as before:
> 
>   A-q is undefined

Let me guess that you work with German keyboard where the right-Alt is
used for composing German characters. I think that Emacs never gets
the events of pressing/releasing the right-Alt.

Can you check with `xev' what are the events when you press right-Alt
+ q and compare it to pressing left-Alt + q ?

Ehud.


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