[kde-linux] Cannot use Start/Alt keys for Emacs

Bruce Korb bruce.korb at 3pardata.com
Tue Jul 11 17:39:43 UTC 2006

Hi all,

If this is not the right list, which is the right list?
It is general KDE configuration on Linux.

Playing with Control-Center -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout
and removing ~/.Xdefaults color assignments for Emacs regained me the
alt key, though it has now moved to the windows key from the alt key.
That whole thing is very bizarre and obtuse.  Doing man on "setxkbmap"
is not especially helpful, either.  Anyone, please?  Thanks - Bruce

Bruce Korb wrote:
> Pressing and releasing escape before another key is clumsy and slow.
> Trying to fix that, I managed to rejigger "Start" to look like it
> traditionally does:  Meta-L (xev).  Only emacs cannot see it and now that
> I have done that, it does not see the Alt prefix either.  So, I have
>  a MS-Natural keyboard, settings in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and several
> possible settings in Control-Center -> Peripherals -> Keyboard
> and Control-Center -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout
> and -> Keyboard Shortcuts.  Lots and lots of stuff to fiddle with.
> How do I just get the Alt and Start keys to work like Alt and Meta
> keys they way they were always intended to work for emacs?  Thanks. - Bruce
> KDE 3.5.3-0.2fc5 Red Hat
> $ emacs --version
> GNU Emacs 21.4.1
> Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> You may redistribute copies of Emacs
> under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
> For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING.

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