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#1 2020-03-11 12:31:04

pavloskiv
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Registered: 2019-12-19
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Set a keyboard key behaviour with xmodmap .

Maybe it's a stupid question, but let's go: Is there a way to set a key (any) to behave as Backspace key BUT in opposite way ?? I mean Forwardspace . thanks, vladi

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#2 2020-03-14 14:27:50

jakfish
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Registered: 2019-12-23
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Re: Set a keyboard key behaviour with xmodmap .

Try this. I'm assuming that your backspace keycode is 22. At any rate, below sets my backspace as a forward space on a Surface Pro6 running Linux Mint 19.3 XFCE:

xmodmap -e "keycode 22 = space"

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#3 2020-03-14 16:37:27

pavloskiv
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Registered: 2019-12-19
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Re: Set a keyboard key behaviour with xmodmap .

@jakfish thanks, but almost there : the backspace key goes back and delete the strings, your command works but not delete it.

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#4 2020-03-15 02:10:11

jakfish
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Registered: 2019-12-23
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Re: Set a keyboard key behaviour with xmodmap .

I don't believe there's an xmodmap command that can do two things with one key press. That kind of procedure would entail a script.

I suppose you take the command I showed and put in a second event to make the shift-backspace  become a delete, then simple backspace press would be your forward press.

But you already have with a delete key and spacebar.

You have an intriguing idea, and I looked into it, but couldn't find any proof that it could be done.

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#5 2020-03-16 16:30:21

pavloskiv
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Registered: 2019-12-19
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Re: Set a keyboard key behaviour with xmodmap .

@jakfish thanks for your reply, I asked that due to my curiosity, you don't need to waste time on that. thanks. vladi

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