Wednesday, May 19, 2004

No toy operating systems, please

I posted my keyboard-death plight to the Oxford Linux User Group, OxLUG, and there was a deluge of suggestions. Apart from the obvious and impractical ones (get a new keyboard), someone suggested using Ctrl-M, which enabled me to get LILO to boot into LFS. Score! Having logged in and loaded KDE, I discovered that Ctrl-M doesn't work as an Enter replacement in X11. Once again, I sought assistance, and someone mentioned xmodmap. I immediately had a poke around, discovered it was a standard tool included with X, and upon reading man page found that it was exactly what I was looking for! So now, courtesy of the command xmodmap -e "keycode 113 = Return", Alt-Gr does the job of the Enter key. I have a usable system once more! But although it's great as an interim measure, I can't live with it permanently. Once my dad gets back from Austria I'll investigate getting it fixed properly. Bet it'll be expensive.

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