Ubuntu :: Xmodmap Script Does Not Work As A Startup App / Solution For It?

Aug 19, 2010

In previous versions of ubuntu I used to reshuffle the ALT, SHIFT, and TAB keys using xmodmap.

Specifically, I had a file called ~/.xmodmap-mejia which reshuffled the keyboard, and I called that file from the startup applications (I had added it to system>preferences>Startup Applications).

However, in Ubuntu 10.4 it does not work. If I call the script after the computer has loaded, it works perfectly, but it does not have any effect as a startup application. It is as though changes effected by the script that calls ~/.xmodmap-mejia gets overwritten later on by the default keyboard binding.

As things stand right now, I have to run the script manually every time I turn on my laptop. Which, of course, is very annoying.

Any ideas of how to fix this?

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I recently installed Debian 8.1 on an old (2008 maybe?) macbook. I would like to use the right hand side apple/command key as a right click. I've been using xmodmap commands in the terminal, but I'd like to write a shell script to do it automatically on boot or on login.

I've tried init.d, I've tried crontab, I've tried rc.local.

The xmodmap commands I am calling are Code: Select allxmodmap -e "keycode 134 = Pointer_Button3" and then Code: Select allxkbset m

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Code: Select all#!/bin/bash
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I've modified keymap to be executable, just typing /usr/keymap into the terminal will map the keys correctly. I've tried with and without the .sh suffix. I've tried adding sh before the file path in crontab. I've also tried adding sleep 20 inside the shell script as well as inside crontab joining the two commands with &&

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Code: Select all[ 7078.175830] usb 1-10-port3: disabled by hub (EMI?), re-enabling...
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