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Re: debian 8

On Saturday 11 April 2015 02:39:47 Petter Adsen wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:46:36 -0400
> Gene Heskett <gheskett@wdtv.com> wrote:
> > On Friday 10 April 2015 10:28:36 Curt wrote:
> > > There is something else to try:
> > >
> > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_SysRq_key
> >
> > I have occasionally tried that, (when I can remember it) has not
> > worked yet, for me, even with a wired keyboard.  That is something
> > that distro compilers building kernels for their disto, seem to have
> > a delight in disabling/ignoring.
> >
> > This particular keyboard has not such a marked key.  White logitech
> > K360.
> On most keyboards it is marked "Print Screen", or some shortening
> thereof. Or do you have a small keyboard without such a key?
> Petter

That is an alternate logo resembling Prnt Scr on the home key in some 
cross of tan & orange, whch when you look appears to be a function of 
holding down the "FN" key, labeled in that same color between the right 
alt and and right Ctrl keys. Presumably to be used as a shift key to 
bring the orange/brown logos on the other keys into play?

The FN key on every other keyboard I own is a alternate action switch 
key, toggling the F# keys in and out of existance, but not on wheezy. Or 
this keyboard. TBD which. "To Be Determined" for those that need the 
acronym lookup wiki.

Q:Do we have any docs that show how this is supposed to work?
A:Not that I can find.

Q:Does wheezy by default install a tool that shows these keys and allows 
the user to remap/unmap a key?
A:No. I had to find that package using google, then install it.

And when that combo is pressed right now, ksnapshot pops up with a 
snapshot of the screen about 3 seconds later. So it looks as if that bit 
of magic has been pre-empted for something else on wheezy.  Which genius 
decided that?

People blindly reassigning key functions, who haven't a clue even if they 
were free, have already created a key hunt it took me months to find by 
their reassignment of the F10 key, which historically has been the quit 
key for mc.  So that turns quitting mc into a 3 or 4 clicks of the mouse 
operation when its been that single keystroke for an instant quit since 
1997!  Made triply insulting by whoever added that damned "are you sure" 
requestor.  If I didn't want to quit mc, then why the heck did I press 
the F10 key?

Very good question that... Question of the year maybe.

Thanks Petter. I seriously doubt any of this rant was caused by you.  You 
have always wanted to help and I appreciate the help you've tendered.

But as a long time linux user, pushing 18 years now, I feel like the "oh 
look, a pony" crowd has been discharged from the asylum and been given 
free reign over what linux does for key press X.

Seriously, there needs to be a published standard for non alphanumeric 
key functions, with a first commandment of "thou shalt not reassign 
these standard keys" displayed in 72 point type at the top of the page.

Cheers Petter, Gene Heskett
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