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%SECTION{summary}%xev is an X utility to display X event messages resulting from X events for troubleshooting purposes. For example, you can use xev to see what keycodes are generated when a particular key is pressed.


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This is a very preliminary page, created primarily to move stuff about xev off the pages I'm now writing on creating Nedit key bindings via the Xresources translation table.




Run xev and then press various keys (or mouse buttons) to learn how they are currently mapped. I learned that my left Win key is keycode 115 mapped to Super_L and my right Win key is keycode 116 mapped to Super_R.

Note that xev starts a new (small) window, in my case, right in the way of my konsole command line (where xev will display the key bindings). I used the mouse to grab the popup and move it out of the way, but using the mouse will generate a lot of events that may confuse you at first. Simply wait till they stop scrolling by and then pay attention to the new events (usually two) that occur when you press a key.


  • () RandyKramer - 17 Feb 2004
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