I'm coming to Linux from mac and most of the command (⌘) shortcuts I'm used to translate in a straightforward way to Linux using Ctrl.
But copy/paste is awkward. In terminal I need to use the Shift modifier (since
^V serve other purposes in that context). This adds both physical (extra press) and mental overhead (I have to remember which shortcut to use based on which application I'm currently in).
I started wondering, why not configure my machine to use Alt instead Ctrl for copy/paste? That would make them physically identical to what I'm used to on mac, and it doesn't seem like anything's currently using those keys.
I'm a heavy user of:
I already changed the copy/paste shortcuts in my terminal, but I'm wondering three things:
- Is there a good way to configure this globally, rather than ad-hoc per application?
- Is there some other purpose that Alt+C and Alt+V usually serve in a Linux environment?
- Is there any other reason not to do this?
The problem, I found, with changing terminal copy/paste to use Alt was that it made it even harder to remember which key to use (am I on Mac? on Linux? on Linux in the terminal?).
I'm now trying a different compromise, which so far I find works (for me): use Alt+Ctrl in the terminal and leave it at Ctrl elsewhere. I like this because:
- Alt is more comfortable than Shift
- Ctrl remains part of the equation, and I find that consistency easier to remember
- I have to juggle Alt and Ctrl anyway, depending on whether I'm on Mac or Linux; easier to juggle those two keys than to introduce Shift to the mental overhead as well.