How to setup your keyboard's extra keys in X11

Posted by natas on Dec 29, 2005 12:43 AM EDT; By Dadexter
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Well, it's the day after christmas and like me, you got this new keyboard with all those sweet little buttons on top. How to configure that you may ask? Let's explore this together

1. Requirements:
The method I use for using those keys is simple, and only requires a few applications:

  • X11 (obviously)
  • xbindkeys
  • a text editor

    2. Why?
    There are many ways of doing this. I decided to use an external application (xbindkeys) because I switch my window manager/desktop environment often, and using an external application means that my setup can be carried over from one to the other without having to reconfigure anything.

    3. Installation
    Well, you should have X already installed. I know that you can map keys to the console and blah blah blah. But if you know how to get around the console and know that you can map keys at that level, you don't need my help. Let's focus on getting it setup for X11 The only piece of software that needs installation is xbindkeys. First, download the source from here. Right now, the latest version is 1.7.2. Either download a binary package, emerge it, pacman it, etc... or compile it.

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