|November 4th, 2014|
If you want emacs keybindings in desktop apps on Linux people will tell you to run:
$ gsettings set \ org.gnome.desktop.interface \ gtk-key-theme "Emacs"If you're running a full desktop environment that's enough, but if you're running something lighter weight like Fluxbox or Awesome you'll also need to run:
$ gnome-settings-daemonUnlike the gsettings change, this needs to run every time you log in, so put it in your .xsession or your window-manager-specific startup file.
(I just upgraded my linux desktop to Ubuntu 14 LTS (Trusty) and this broke Unity, the window manager I'd been using. I could probably have fixed this by blowing away the configuration and replacing it, but I never really liked it anyway so I decided to go with fluxbox instead.)
For reference, here's my .xsession contents:
# Replace the 'caps-lock' key with a second 'control' key. /usr/bin/setxkbmap -option 'ctrl:nocaps' # We want emacs keybindings, especially in Chrome. Things like Ctrl+d # to mean "forward delete" instead of "create a bookmark". Fixing # this has two parts: we need to set a configuration option, and we # need to run a settings daemon to make it available. # # This only needs to be run once, but no harm in running it every # login: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Emacs" # This needs to run every time: gnome-settings-daemon & # Make the background black. fbsetroot -solid black # Start and place terminals. 81 columns because code here is limited # to 80 columns and emacs reserves a column for the wrapping # indicator. 73 columns because that's what fits in the remaining # space. uxterm -geometry 81x90+1428+0 & uxterm -geometry 81x90+1920+0 & uxterm -geometry 81x90+2412+0 & uxterm -geometry 81x90+2904+0 & uxterm -geometry 73x22+3396+0 & uxterm -geometry 73x22+3396+310 & uxterm -geometry 73x22+3396+620 & uxterm -geometry 73x19+3396+930 & # Chrome. google-chrome & # Start the window manager last, and don't run it in the background. fluxbox
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