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Re: Using the `Win' key as `Ctrl' in Emacs?

From: gebser
Subject: Re: Using the `Win' key as `Ctrl' in Emacs?
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 05:12:49 -0400 (EDT)

At 16:23 (UTC+0800) on Fri, 18 Jun 2004 Xiaoyong Jin said:

= On 18 Jun 2004 01:05:27 -0700
= address@hidden (Rob Walker) wrote:
= > > ....
= Yes, I've used xmodmap.  I tried this:
= xmodmap -e "add control = Super_R"

>From "man xmodmap":

One of the more irritating differences between keyboards is the location
of the Control and Shift Lock keys.  A common use of xmodmap is to swap
these two keys as follows:
            ! Swap Caps_Lock and Control_L
            remove Lock = Caps_Lock
            remove Control = Control_L
            keysym Control_L = Caps_Lock
            keysym Caps_Lock = Control_L
            add Lock = Caps_Lock
            add Control = Control_L

Put the above code into ~/.Xmodmap and it should be read and executed 
when you log into an X session (by /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc).  This is a 
good thing to do when you have an account on someone else's UNIX system.

For my own machines (e.g., at home) I simply copy
/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/ to
/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/ctrlcaps.gz, then edit the latter to get
the same effect as the ~/.Xmodmap code (above).  This requires changing 
only two of its lines to these:

keycode  29 = Caps_Lock
keycode  58 = Control

(Make sure that these lines don't end with a space character; for some 
reason that screws things up.)

To have ctrlcaps loaded into X (e.g., at bootup), make the appropriate
change in whatever your Linux flavor points to in its /etc/*/init.d/key*
startup script.  On RedHat and similars, edit /etc/sysconfig/keyboard to


Pretty much these same steps have worked on a variety of Linux boxes as
well as HPs, Suns, and other Unices.


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