I have the following line in my ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file:

gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs"

And that works fine in Firefox and e.g. gnome-charachter-map if I use Gnome Classic to log in. Pressing ctrl-a in this text field sends the cursor to the start of the line as expected. If I use Mate installed from the 12.04 repository on mate-desktop.org then the emacs keybindings are not honored. Ctrl-a selects all text.

I think that the .gtkrc-2.0 file is read for some mate applications - mate-terminal seems to understand gtk-keynav-wrap-around = 0, for example.

The other questions that suggest using 3rd party programs seem a bit flakey. Is there a better way to get mate to use .gtkrc-2.0 and in particular the emacs key bindings?

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See the link: http://lwn.net/Articles/509467/ The relevant command is:

mateconftool-2 -s /desktop/mate/interface/gtk_key_theme -t string Emacs

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