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Re: something is eating C-M-x

From: Tim Cross
Subject: Re: something is eating C-M-x
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:27:07 +1100
User-agent: mu4e 1.7.5; emacs 28.0.60

Stephen Leake <stephen_leake@stephe-leake.org> writes:

> I've just installed a new VMWare virtual machine on my Windows box to
> run Debian.
> Something is eating C-M-x, so Emacs doesn't see it. Very frustrating
> when trying to redefine elisp functions!
> I'm using the LXDE window manager, and I've checked
> ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml; that does not define C-A-x.
> I've searched in various ways for "hotkeys" and similar terms, but have
> not found what the problem is.

Could it be VMWare stealing the keys? Most VM implementations have a
'host key' or other shortcut to allow interaction with the host from
within the guest.

>From an X11 position, you can possibly try using xev to see what keys
are being reported to X. It won't show you shortcut bindings, but at
least should tell you if the key presses are actually getting to the
application level within X (rather than being stolen by the VM or window

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