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Re: temporary keyboard mappings

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  • A. J. Mechelynck
    ... xmodmap is an external command. By inside Vim I mean by purely Vim means such as :map etc. ... xmodmap applies to the whole of X. I don t think you can
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 1, 2005
      Robert Cussons wrote:
      > I don't know what you mean by 'inside' Vim, when I start up gvim I have the
      > command below in the .vimrc:
      > !xmodmap ~/.speedswapper

      xmodmap is an external command.

      By "inside" Vim I mean "by purely Vim means" such as :map etc.

      > where the file .speedswapper is as follows:
      > remove Lock = Caps_Lock
      > keysym Escape = Caps_Lock
      > keysym Caps_Lock = Escape
      > add Lock = Caps_Lock
      > The trouble with having this is that each time I start a new gvim session it
      > remaps back to the old keys. In other words it alternates between being the
      > key mapping I want and the default one! I am using KDE on a linux network.
      > What I want is once the key mapping is made for it to remain on (so
      > maybe .vimrc is the wrong place for the command, as this is read everytime
      > gvim is started) but I only want this mapping to be in place for gvim, not
      > other applications and I have no idea how to achieve that!

      xmodmap applies to the whole of X.

      I don't think you can remap CapsLock for gvim and not for the rest of X
      i.e. all other applications including the windows manager itself.

      By executing that xmodmap command once at X startup (probably in a
      "service" triggered by init when entering the appropriate runlevel,
      number 5 IIRC) you could, if you have admin privileges on your system,
      interchange Esc and CapsLock once and for all for all users of X11 on
      that machine; but I guess you don't want that; and IIUC they would still
      be unswapped on non-X terminals such as the virtual consoles /dev/tty.

      Best regards,

      P.S., Next time, please reply to the list (e.g., use "Reply to all") and
      not just privately to me (i.e., "Reply to Sender"). That way you will
      give other Vim users a chance to see your post, and you will get a reply
      even if I'm not available or if it's something to which I don't know the
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