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Old 3rd February 2013
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Default StickyKeys -esque functionality in CLI?

In X, there's xkbset, which you can use to turn on StickyKeys. StickyKeys, for those unfamiliar, allows the modifier keys (Shift and Ctrl) to 'stick' until the next key press. It's handy for those with accessibility issues, and in my case, for a PC that has a thumb-board as the default text input.

Is there any way to have this same StickyKeys behavior in the terminal?

From what I've read, you can change the keymaps with wsconsctl, but it looks like /usr/include/dev/wscons/wsksymdef.h doesn't have a keycode for sticky modifiers, so even if I change the keymap, it may not help.

Also, is there a way to see the key event codes as keys are pressed?
I would like to make a shortcut key for terminal switching, as the current stroke is a 4 key monstrosity (FN+CTRL+ALT+[1-5].

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I would like to make a shortcut key for terminal switching, as the current stroke is a 4 key monstrosity (FN+CTRL+ALT+[1-5].
I would have thought terminal switching is a 3-key mini-monstrosity: Ctrl-Alt-F[1-5] ?

In any event, in this thread I reported a way to switch wsconsoles with two keys, as in Alt-F[1-5]. Hopefully it still works in OpenBSD, I haven't tried it lately.

Sorry I don't have answers for the other keyboard issues you raised.
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I would have thought terminal switching is a 3-key mini-monstrosity: Ctrl-Alt-F[1-5] ?
It is when you have dedicated F1-F10 keys. For laptops and other exotic hardware, the Fn key comes into play.

Thanks for the tip, I'll try this out and see where it gets me.
The thumb board on this computer only has one (left) shift key. If I can remap one of the other keys on the right side to shift, that might work as well as sticky keys.

On a totally random note, does this board support 'Thanks' points? I see that some people have been thanked, but I don't see a way to mark a thread as 'Thanks'ed.

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It is when you have dedicated F1-F10 keys. For laptops and other exotic hardware, the Fn key comes into play.
Ah, makes sense. Luckily my laptop has dedicated FN keys.

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The thumb board on this computer only has one (left) shift key. If I can remap one of the other keys on the right side to shift, that might work as well as sticky keys.
Thumb board ... yet another bit of hardware I've never seen.
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Sorry to bring this back from the grave, but I wanted to thank IdOp for the great response.

I also wanted to add a bit of information that I found that helped me out.

I have successfully changed the Menu key to Shift_R on the Sony Vaio UX with the following:
Code:
wsconsctl keyboard.map+="keysym Menu = Shift_R"
For reference to others, if you are trying to figure out what keycode or keysym a key transmits when pressed, ONE way to find out is in X, with the 'xev' program. It displays X events, including key presses. There may be other ways but this was easy enough for me.

I originally tried to add the keycode manually. In my case, the thumb board transmits a keycode of 117 for the Menu key (reported by xev). This DID NOT WORK:
Code:
wsconsctl keyboard.map+="keycode 117 = Shift_R"
Looking at the keyboard.map, there was no code already assigned for 117, so I'm not sure why it didn't work. My best guess is that the kernel ignores this keycode. I believe the answer may lie in wskeysyms.h .If anyone knows, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

The other thing left is to reassign the Delete key to Control_R. From what I've read, this may be harder due to the way that the terminal handles Delete and BackSpace. So far any mappings I have attempted have only managed to break the backspace key in the console.

For additional reference, if you DO wind up messing up your keylayout, you can clear the configuration pretty quickly by reassigning the keyboard encoding. In my case, this is US:
Code:
wsconsctl keyboard.encoding=us
This reverts the keyboard layout back to stock, removing any += modifiers you may have made in the terminal session you are currently in.
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