I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity right now. I've changed my copy and paste keys to Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V respectively.

The command I've used is this:

gconftool-2 -t str -s /apps/gnome-terminal/keybindings/copy "<Control>c"

Now I'm looking for a way to change the interrupt / kill process key from Ctrl + C to (for example) Ctrl + I. The problem is that I can't find the appropriate keybinding name for it.

Any help would be appreciated.

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    I'm pretty sure you didn't need to issue that command to do that. I changed my copy and paste keybinds to ctrl+c and ctrl+v by going to Edit > Keyboard shortcuts (or something like this, I'm not on Linux right now). I am also almost sure you can change the keyboard interrupt key there, if you can't, ctrl + alt + C might do a key interrupt now. May 7, 2015 at 15:37
  • @mark kirby That's exactly what I want to do. Sorry if I hadn’t stated that clear enough. May 7, 2015 at 15:41
  • OK, writing an easy answer now
    – Mark Kirby
    May 7, 2015 at 15:41
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    Did some comment got deleted here? Because I think I'm missing something. But anyway, I meant that for gnome-terminal. If you go to Edit > Preferences > Shortcuts you can change almost every keybind there. Unfortunately, you can't change the keyboard interrupt, but after I changed my copy to ctrl + c, the keyboard interrupt became ctrl + alt + c. Hope that helps. I didn't write that as an answer because it doesn't answer your original question of how to change the keyboard interrupt keybind. May 7, 2015 at 15:55
  • Why do you need to do that? Personal preference or...?
    – Tim
    May 7, 2015 at 16:26

2 Answers 2


The key combo was changed to Ctrl + Alt + C by default.

Also Alt + F4 is will kill the foreground task (same as clicking the cross).

To change the interrupt key to ctrl + I

stty intr ^i

Just change the "i" to any other letter you want and to see all terminal shortcuts you can run

stty -a

There is a very good answer explaining this here, ignore the title and read the first answer.

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    That is a very helpful answer: would you happen to know how to change the interrupt key combination in termial to ctrl+shift+c? In previous iterations of terminal, changing copy to ctrl+c automatically did this. But now it appears to be ctrl+alt+c.
    – Rsync
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:06

sudo vi /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/ctrl

Change the section // Map Ctrl to the left Alt key, Alt to the left Win key, // and Super to the left Ctrl key.

whey it says "replace key " with

replace key <LCTL> { [ ISO_Level3_Shift ] };

On your shell configuration script write

stty intr 0xA2

Open Tweaks On Aditional Layout Options -> Ctrl , mark "Map Ctrl to the left Alt key, Alt to the left Win key, and Super to the left Ctrl key."

Then on gnome-terminal remap the copy and paste to ctrl c and ctrl v that shoyuld be "Ctrl C" "Ctrl V"

Then move physically your keys to make sense

  • This is to make you keyboard works like mac. You will map AltGr-c as Ctrl-c like on your mac. Jun 17 at 15:59

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