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I've lately tried to find out more about X keymappings, since the
default meta key shifted to the Windows key. I checked the output of
"xmodmap", I set up a "multi_key" for myself with:

xmodmap -e "keycode 0x73 = Multi_key"

My xmodmap output is

mod1        Alt_L (0x40),  Alt_R (0x71)
mod2        Num_Lock (0x4d)
mod4        Multi_key (0x73)
mod5        Scroll_Lock (0x4e)

A firend who has a clean install, has:

mod1        Alt_L (0x40),  Alt_R (0x71)
mod2        Num_Lock (0x4d)
mod4        Meta_L (0x73)
mod5        Scroll_Lock (0x4e)

On his machine, 0x73 (the windows key) is the meta key. While on mine it
is the Alt. So where is this set? I noticed an option in wmakerconf for
setting the meta key to Mod1, Mod2, etc. ... ?

If my friend wants a Multi_key, can he simply map 0x73 to multi_key,
then hope that alt will become meta? (For emacs et al.) I also noticed
once that one can maybe set Multi_key in XF86Config-4 ... (does it make
sense to have a DebConf question asking for this kind of keymappings?)
what exactly was this option?

Another odd thing was in console, I remapped my windows key with

echo "keycode 125 = Compose" | loadkeys

In X, the command above, i.e. 0x73.
0x73 != 125 ... how does this work? this isn't direct keyboard

Lastly, my friend has a "multimedia keyboard" with a bunch of weird keys
at the top. When in the console, the kernel (?) outputs the following
errors when pressing the buttons in text mode:

Unknown scancode: e0 19


Unknown scancode: e0 36

How would one go about using such buttons, is it possible? (In X,
primarily, though I'd also be interested in text mode, it doesn't matter

ObDebian ... this isn't too Debian specific, but I'm hoping this might
lead into a short discussion about possibly making things like Multi_key
setup-able in debconf, for the "non-english" countries out there. (Here
in South Africa you need things like ê and ï ...)

Hugo van der Merwe

If this has been discussed, feel free to ignore this mail. I'll then
spend time going over the archives. Just don't have a whole lot of time
right now, amongst studies. (And please CC, as suggested in
Mail-Followup-To, thanks)

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