Top Ten Mac OS X Tips for Unix Geeks
Subject:   Re: Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix Users
Date:   2002-10-29 10:02:35
From:   anonymous2
Use 'dumpkeys' to dump the keymap out to a file. Then edit the file and switch the scancodes of CapsLock = X, and Control = Y around. Then use the program 'loadkeys' to load that keymap back into mem. This will put the keys back into the right places.

<this is what I did with my iBook2, it works fine, and yes, the battery life is great.>

For a 'UNIX user', you should know by now that the magic is in the software. The hardware is secondary.


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  • Re: Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix Users
    2007-05-29 00:18:43  JoeCarroll [View]

    It seems that the dumpkeys and loadkeys commands are absent from Tiger's unix tools. Any suggestion where I can get these? I've tried MacPorts but no luck. I've also tried the X11 command-line tool dumpkeymap but it just generates an error "
    Bad key mapping length (0)".