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Date:      30 Jan 2003 12:21:11 -0000
From:      Scott Ballantyne <>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: A question asked many times-
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"Thaddeus J. Quintin" <> writes:
> Greetings-
> I've looked around in google and the FreeBSD archives and I've seen this
> question asked many times, but never found the answer.
> I would like to map my "alt" keys to be "meta" keys.  Is there any
> reason why I shouldn't do that?  Is there a better/different solution?
> Using ESC just doesn't cut it...

If you're using X, the method for doing this is described in the man
page for xmodmap. There is no problem with doing this, you can still
switch consoles if needed using alt-ctrl F<x>. If you aren't using X,
use kdbcontrol, as described in another message.


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