Re: [wmii] dmenu patches and os x issue

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 22:25:44 +0100

On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 10:11:49AM -0500, Chris King wrote:
> On 1/10/07, Alexis Hildebrandt <> wrote:
> >For some reason the XKeyEvent produced by ALT+g with an Us or Us
> >Extended keyboard map matches the Mod1Mask but the KeySym that is
> >returned by XLookupString does not match XK_g, but rather XK_copyright
> >for Us and Us Extended.
> Apple's X11 by default maps the Alt/Option key to Mode_switch, and the
> Apple/Command key to Meta_L. Those keycodes are then assigned to mod1
> and mod2, respectively. In X windows, Mode_switch also has the side
> effect that it causes it to use an alternate set of character mappings
> (sort of like a second shift key). This happens regardless of which
> modifier Mode_switch is assigned to (unlike the shift key). By
> default, Apple sets this alternate character map to be identical to
> its extended character map, so that e.g. ALT+g creates a copyright
> symbol in both OS X and X11. You can see this mapping by running
> xmodmap -pke and looking at the third and fourth columns after the
> equal signs. (In fact you can modify it arbitrarily; I used to use a
> Greek mapping when I was on Linux.)
> The fix I use is to re-map Alt/Option to Meta_L and Apple/Command to
> Super_L, and then assign those to modifiers mod1 and mod4,
> respectively. (I use Meta_L rather than Alt_L because it has the
> additional effect of acting like a modeless escape key in some
> terminal apps.) You can accomplish this by adding something like the
> following to your ~/.xinitrc (although see note below):
> cat << EOF | xmodmap -
> keycode 63 = Super_L
> keycode 66 = Meta_L
> keycode 122 = Insert # This remaps the "Help" key to "Insert"
> clear mod1
> clear mod2
> add mod1 = Meta_L
> add mod4 = Super_L
> Note that under X11's preferences, you must disable "Use the system
> keyboard layout" or it will reset your changes when wmii starts! Then
> you can set up wmii to use mod4 as its modifier and all should be
> well.

Chris, thanks for your informative mail! I think now the issues
with dmenu should be clear and I assume that your proposal will
fix the issues Alexis described. Hence I think tomorrow is a
good time to release dmenu-1.9.


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