Remap Keys in Ubuntu
I’m following along Daniel Miessler’s Vim Primer and saw he remapped the Caps Lock key to be his Control key. I thought this was an interesting concept but I’d rather have Escape on my Caps Lock. Also, I’m running Ubuntu instead of OSX. Off to the interwebs!
A short bit of Google-fu brough me to a couple of resources which answered the question for me. Combining the information I found led me to this process for remapping the keys:
Build a clean Xmodmap config
xmodmap -pke >~/.Xmodmap ```
Use xev to see what keycode Caps Lock belongs to (Spoilers: It’s 66 or 0x42).
Edit the Xmodmap config to remap the Caps Lock Key by editing the following lines:
clear lock … A bunch of other keycodes … keycode 66 = Escape ```
Reload the keymap
xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap ```
You now have remapped your Escape down to the Caps Lock. One pinky finger closer to total world domination!
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