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#1 2013-05-06 04:35:40

Kebertx
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[SOLVED] How does GNOME's emacs keybinding sceme work?

In GNOME, I have the option of setting the keybinding scheme for the whole system into "Emacs mode." I find this to be very very convenient! I'm typing this text without a desktop environment, and I keep instinctively trying to navigate with C-f, M-f, C-b, M-f, C-a, C-e, etc, only to have my hopes dashed! The ability to do this with GNOME is pretty much the only thing I like about the DE.

Basically, I want to know if there's a way I can enable alternate keybinding schemes on my system when I'm using awesome, openbox, or anything else I ever feel like trying out. I know it's possible, since GNOME does it, but is there a way any of you know of to accomplish this which is independent of the environment you're using?

It would make my day if you did!

Last edited by Kebertx (2013-06-06 23:45:47)

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#2 2013-05-06 15:01:18

Unia
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Re: [SOLVED] How does GNOME's emacs keybinding sceme work?

Launch gnome-settings-daemon? Of course, that also drags in other gnome settings, like fonts and wallpapers.

Last edited by Unia (2013-05-06 15:02:01)


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#3 2013-05-06 15:14:29

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Re: [SOLVED] How does GNOME's emacs keybinding sceme work?

For all gtk applications add "include "/usr/share/themes/Emacs/gtk-2.0-key/gtkrc" to ~/.gtkrc as far I know (except firefox, but there's a addon called firemacs that fixes this).


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#4 2013-05-23 12:12:26

xgdgsc
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Re: [SOLVED] How does GNOME's emacs keybinding sceme work?

I tried changing that setting in Gnome tweak tool. But it seems M+W to copy not working, so as C-x h to select all. Any suggestions?

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#5 2013-06-06 23:44:59

Kebertx
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Re: [SOLVED] How does GNOME's emacs keybinding sceme work?

Thanks, Thaodan. Sorry, forgot to come back and mark this as solved, but that does the trick!

xgdgsc: Reading the Emacs keybinding theme, it seems that your problem should be easy enough to solve. Just add:

bind "<alt>w" { "copy-clipboard" () }

to the gtkrc file. I don't know about C-x h, since GTK applications won't interpret C-x as sending a command, but you can just find some other keybinding that makes since for select all, and add it in the same way.

EDIT: I found this: https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/3.4/Gt … select-all
Which says the default keybinding to send a select-all signal is either Ctrl-a or Ctrl-/. The Emacs keys overwrite Ctrl-a, but Ctrl-/ still works just fine. And you can also edit the Emacs gtkrc and put

bind "<alt>h" { "select-all" () }

in the "gtk-emacs-text-view" section.

Last edited by Kebertx (2013-06-07 01:23:54)

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