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There is a well-known method on how to make function keys work on Apple keyboards in Ubuntu: echo 2 | sudo tee /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode However, is there a way to do that with no root? Perhaps through xmodmap or xsession? Thanks!


I've got the desired behavior for a few selected keys using xmodmap (it was a bit annoying as I had to launch a separate X to stop the media key being intercepted by Gnome, but at the end I've got a keycode). So I guess I've found a workaround. A more general solution would be very welcome, of course.

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help.ubuntu.com/community/… ? –  Wilf Jan 13 '14 at 13:17
@wilf I'm not sure what do you mean, all the ways there assume that the person has root access. –  cheshire Jan 13 '14 at 14:01
Once again - no, I do not have root access (the machine is administered by the institution). –  cheshire Jan 13 '14 at 15:49
Then how can you run echo 2 | ...? :-s You'll have to try keyboard settings then, as quite alot of ways of sorting this out require the use of su.. commands. –  Wilf Jan 13 '14 at 16:03
I can't run echo 2, this is precisely my problem –  cheshire Jan 13 '14 at 16:14

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