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Swap cmd and alt (or command and option) keys in Mac OS X.
This program allows you to swap the command and alt (or option) keys
in any application, but in particular This can be
extremely handy when ssh'ing into other UN*X boxes and running "emacs
-nw". It also allows you to have the traditional readline navigation
work properly when using Bash (i.e., alt-backspace, alt-f, alt-b, etc)
in the Terminal.
The decision to swap the keys is based on a customizable
script (Lua). This script allows you to exclude certain key
combinations per application, or globally. For example, "cmd-tab" is
an exclusion in my Lua script regardless of which application is
running, as I still want this key combination to cycle the active set
of applications. I have "cmd-c" and "cmd-v" as exclusions when the
front most application is the Terminal -- these combinations are so
universal that I find it easier to leave them as they are -- but all
other key combinations involving the cmd key get swapped with alt.
The motivation for this program was the many years of hitting
alt-<something> in Linux only to find that it does not generate the
same behaviour in Having the ability to run "emacs -nw"
from within is now useable!
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