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Author: pyratebeard <>
Date:   Thu, 25 Aug 2022 20:13:46 +0100


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diff --git a/entry/ b/entry/ @@ -0,0 +1,53 @@ +It has now been [8 months](20220113-colemak_exp.html) since I started using the Colemak keyboard layout. After [a few initial issues](20220214-colemak_lvl_up.html) things are going well. + +Vim navigation is no longer a problem, I am comfortable with the new positions of h, j, k, and l. In the last month or so I have also acquired a second keyboard, so I have one permanently configured with QWERTY and can quickly switch them around. This has made dealing with VMs much easier. + +## patch all the things +A new issue that arose was on updating the xorg packages. The update replaced /usr/share/X11/xkb files, thus removing my colemak-ctrl custom config. + +After a bit of digging I found that I could put my colemak-ctrl setting into its own file under /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/, instead of the 'us' file. I also found that I don't necessarily need the entries in /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.{lst,xml}. For reference /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/colemak-ctrl looks like this +``` +// colemak-ctrl +partial alphanumeric_keys +xkb_symbols "colemak-ctrl" { + // include standard colemak layout + include "us(colemak)" + + key <CAPS> { [ Control_L, Control_L, Control_L, Control_L ] }; +}; +``` + +Now instead of selecting the variant +``` +setxkbmap -option ctrl:nocaps us -variant colemak-ctrl +``` + +I can incant +``` +setxkbmap -option ctrl:nocaps colemak-ctrl +``` + +## these boots are made for typing +The keymap on boot issue was also resolved by adding the following to /etc/vconsole.conf +``` +KEYMAP=colemak-ctrl +``` + +Then I included the keymap hook before the encrypt hook in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf +``` +HOOKS=(base udev autodetect modconf block keymap encrypt lvm2 filesystems keyboard fsck) +``` + +I also set the keymap for X11 by adding the following to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.g/20-keyboard.conf +``` +Section "InputClass" + Identifier "keyboard" + MatchIsKeyboard "yes" + Option "XkbLayout" "colemak-ctrl" +EndSection +``` + +## neverending story +I can confidently say I am now a Colemak user. In the beginning I thought this little experiment wouldn't last and by now I would have returned to QWERTY, but quite the opposite in fact. I feel at home using Colemak as my daily driver, and even looked into replacing the keyboard on my laptop with Colemak. + +Hopefully my journey will inspire somebody else to give it a go.