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Custom keyboard shortcuts settings menu missing

User avatar Steve Biggs
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Hello,

There are lots of guides out there about how to define custom keyboard shortcuts. Seems easy enough - go to System Settings > Shortcuts > Custom Shortcuts then click add. The problem is, that menu does not exist in my system settings. I only have System Settings > Shortcuts > Application Keyboard Shortcuts, System Settings > Shortcuts > Global Keyboard Shortcuts and System Settings > Shortcuts > Web Shortcuts. Each of these allow me to redefine the key combinations for existing shortcuts but I want to define new shortcuts (specifically, open terminal as ctrl + alt + t and open system monitor as ctrl + shift + esc). I have checked the menus that are there but there is no add button.

I have faced similar problems trying to modify other settings where the necessary menu was missing. The solution in each case was to install some package (e.g. kde-config-screenlocker, kde-config-sddm) so I'm wondering if there is some package I need to install to get the custom keyboard shortcuts menu. Or is there some other way or even a work around to define custom keyboard shortcuts.

Thanks :)
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Hi,
Did you try in system settings-> keyboard -> quick shortcut or access. There you will find the way to customize many lauchers.
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No such menu I'm afraid. Do I need to install some package to get it?
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Hi, Steve Biggs
No, I use Plasma 5.13.5
Could you post here the output of the following terminal command?
screenfetch or inxi -c5 -b

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OK, here it is:

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                          ▄▄▄▄▄▄       steve@mercury
                       ▄█████████▄     OS: Trisquel 8.0 flidas
       ▄▄▄▄▄▄         ████▀   ▀████    Kernel: x86_64 Linux 4.4.0-135-generic
    ▄██████████▄     ████▀   ▄▄ ▀███   Uptime: 12m
  ▄███▀▀   ▀▀████     ███▄   ▄█   ███  Packages: 1877
 ▄███   ▄▄▄   ████▄    ▀██████   ▄███  Shell: bash 4.3.48
 ███   █▀▀██▄  █████▄     ▀▀   ▄████   Resolution: 1920x1080
 ▀███      ███  ███████▄▄  ▄▄██████    DE: KDE5
  ▀███▄   ▄███  █████████████████▀     WM: KWin
   ▀█████████    ██████████▀▀▀         CPU: Intel Core2 CPU P8600 @ 2.401GHz
     ▀▀███▀▀     ██████▀▀              GPU: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset
                ██████▀   ▄▄▄▄         RAM: 1343MiB / 7946MiB
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Hi, I went to the Trisquel 8.0 flidas homepage and found that there is no kde desktop environment version available for download.
Please take a look here and tell me whether you download from here https://trisquel.info/en/download
I am dubious about you have KDE Plasma installed
Could you post the output of the following command?
plasmashell -V
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Output of command:

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steve@mercury:~ $ plasmashell -v
plasmashell 5.5.5


On that link page, download the iso marked MATE. That is the default desktop environment. When you install you actually pick your desktop environment out of MATE (Trisquel), KDE (Triskel) or LXDE (Trisquel mini).
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Hi, Steve
I understand that you are using a KDE plasma version previous to 5.13.5. I use KDE since plasmashell 5.10.
Please, take a look at this post: viewtopic.php?f=289&t=131750#p353912

Hope it help you
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j8a wrote:Hi, Steve
I understand that you are using a KDE plasma version previous to 5.13.5. I use KDE since plasmashell 5.10.
Please, take a look at this post: viewtopic.php?f=289&t=131750#p353912

Hope it help you


Exactly, I found the same thread during a similar problem and it helped.
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Hey folks,

Thanks for the good idea. I tried it but it didn't work I'm afraid.

I was on plasma 5.5.5. This was the latest version available in my distro.

I added the KDE PPA to my repo sources so I could upgrade to a later version of plasma following instructions here: https://community.kde.org/Kubuntu/PPAs

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa
sudo apt update

No later version available, so:

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sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt update

Later version available so:

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sudo apt upgrade


But key packages (e.g. plasma-desktop, plasma-workspace) held back, so:

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sudo apt full-upgrade


Got me up to plasma 5.8.6 but broke my system (e.g. file manager didn't work anymore) and did't even fix the problem anyway (still didn't have custom shortcuts menu).

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sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade


Fixed my system and got me back to where I started (plasma 5.5.5).

So I thought about installing the latest KDE plasma from source but I figured this is risky, harder to undo than the package manager mess experienced today, and I'm not fully convinced that it will solve the problem so I decided against it.

Has anyone got an easier way to get custom keyboard shortcuts. All I want is to open terminal (konsole) and system monitor via keyboard shortcuts. Surely I'm just missing one package that manages that. Or is there some other non-KDE package that can handle this for me?

Thanks,
Steve
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Hi, Steve
Did you try to answer this question either in the Trisquel forum or the IRC channel?
https://trisquel.info/en/forum/trisquel-users
#trisquel on irc.freenode.net

I did a search in the Trisquel forum with custom keyboards and with these results I typed kde shortcuts and found several interesting posts. Because I am not using Trisquel I cannot figure what packages you should install. Trisquel has a few kde packages installed, I think you could see there which other packages you shall install.
Hope it help you. Regards
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OK, thanks. I will post the question in the Trisquel forum.

I couldn't find any existing posts via the search. Can you post links directly to the posts please?
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Hi, Steve
I did the search in the forum with the words custom keyboard
https://trisquel.info/en/search/node/Custom%20keyboard
I found the first link could be helpful
https://trisquel.info/en/forum/trisquel ... -shortcuts

You can also try
https://trisquel.info/en/forum/custom-k ... ont-switch

I am afraid I have not installed Trisquel and could help you
Regards

 
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