Xbindkeys

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Xbindkeys

Xbindkeys is a program that enables us to assign specific functions, to a certain key on the keyboard. Xbindkeys work with multimedia keys and is window manager / DE independent, so if you switch much xbindkeys is very handy.

Installation

You can install xbindkeys from the standard repo's

# pacman -S xbindkeys

And you can also install the gui for xbindkeys [1] which is in AUR

Configuration

Create a file .xbindkeysrc in your home dir

# touch ~/.xbindkeysrc

Now you can either use the .xbindkeysrc to set keybindings or you can do that with the GUI

Xbindkeysrc

If you want to assign a shortcut key to a key run;

# xbindkeys -k

Give the command, you get the blank window that you want to assign a shortcut key when the selected key. For example i want to assign Alt + o I just run xbindkeys -k and press the key combination, this gives the following output:

# "(Scheme function)"
    m: alt + o: 120
    NoSymbol

Now you can copy this three lines to .xbindkeysrc and fill an command in "(Scheme function)" , then you will get something like this:

# "amixer sset Master toggle"
    m:0x0 + c:160
    NoSymbol 

The first line represents the command , the second the key , the third the symbol ( but there isn't any).

GUI method

If you installed the xbindkeys_config package, just run :

# xbindkeys_config 

Usage

Once your done configuring your keys edit your ~/.xinitrc and place

# xbindkeys &

Before your windows manager / DE starts