Swapping Control & Alt in Linux

April 19, 2009

[ linux  xorg  ]

More for my own reference and in preparation of me completely gutting my system, I’m posting the contents of my .xmodmaprc file which swaps the left control and alt-keys. This allows me to use my linux laptop more like I used my mac, with the command key. Many distributions now let you swap this from a setting but if yours doesn’t here is how to go about it.

Feel free to copy the contents to a file called .xmodmaprc and run it using the xmodmap command:

remove Control = Control_L
remove Mod1 = Alt_L
keysym Control_L = Alt_L
keysym Alt_L = Control_L
add Control = Control_L
add Mod1 = Alt_L
$ xmodmap .xmodmaprc