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Re: Why does gnuemacs ignore my xmodmap changes?

From: Christine Gallagher
Subject: Re: Why does gnuemacs ignore my xmodmap changes?
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 23:18:11 -0500

Both emacs and XEmacs recognize my xmodmap redefinitions.  Why don't you post 
exactly what you have entered using xmodmap in an
attempt to redefine the Caps Lock key to a control key.  Then we would be in a 
position to help you fix it.

Jonas Jarnestrom wrote:

> This bug report will be sent to the Free Software Foundation,
>  not to your local site managers!!
> Please write in English, because the Emacs maintainers do not have
> translators to read other languages for them.
> In GNU Emacs 20.6.1 (sparc-sun-solaris2.6, X toolkit)
>  of Fri Mar  3 2000 on iris
> configured using `configure  --with-gcc --with-pop --with-x-toolkit=lucid 
> --bindir=/usr/local/bin --libexecdir=/usr/local/libexec'
> The designer of the layout of the swedish Sun sparc keyboard should
> have received a death sentence long ago for one of the most emacs hostile
> layouts in the entire computer industry. The control key is situated,
> now hold on to your armrests, in the lowest row on the left corner
> (i.e below shift, to the left of the Alt key). This produces a very
> strained and
> crooked working posture for the pinky if you use a one-hand grip to
> produce the key bindings. After a prolonged period with this cramped
> position I seem to have damaged my outer joint of the pinky.
> Now to my real Q. To releave my pinky, I'd like to redefine the
> keyboard, for example redefine Caps-lock to control, which can be
> easily done with the xmodmap program. The sad thing is though that
> gnuemacs seems to disregard the redefinitions I make.
> Xemacs does at least complains explicitly on the redefinition, but
> gnuEmacs is just mute and dumb.
> Emacs normally permits the user to customize virtually every
> conceivable aspect of the user interface, so why doesnt it permit
> xmodmap redefinitions?
> /Jonas Jarnestrom

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