How to disable Caps Lock for good?

Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards at
Fri Jun 19 05:59:19 CEST 2009

On 2009-06-19, Globe Trotter <itsme_410 at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering how one disables caps locks for good? I do
> have a .Xmodmap which goes as follows, but it is not clear
> this is being read:
> [DING!] :~$ more .Xmodmap 
> keycode 22 = BackSpace
> remove Lock = Caps_Lock
> clear Lock

You probably have to put a line in your .xinit file (or
somewhere like that) that says something like this:

  xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap

OTOH, I find it easier to just set the appropriate option in
the Xorg config file:

  Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Keyboard"
        Driver      "kbd"
        Option      "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"

I also usually set the compose:ralt so I can type the
occasional accented or "foreign" character:

        Option      "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps,compose:ralt"


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