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Unable to set shift key as a key binding in the controls window #4488

cwyss opened this Issue Oct 31, 2018 · 1 comment


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cwyss commented Oct 31, 2018

Observed behaviour

In the options->controls window it is not possible to set as a key binding. After clicking on "Binding" or "Alt Binding", the dialoge that appears does not react when I simply press the shift key. I can bind shift + a normal key though, e.g. <shift + /> by pressing / while holding shift.

Expected behaviour

Be able to set (and too) as key binding, since it is also used in the default bindings.

Steps to reproduce

Start pioneer, go to options->controls, choose "Binding" or "Alt Binding" for any function you like.
(I tried to set right shift as an alt binding for LowThrusters.

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Web-eWorks commented Nov 1, 2018

The use of the shift key to toggle low-power mode is hard-coded in the ship controller and is not subject to the usual rules for binding inputs at this time. If you wish to select the right shift key, you will need to change ShipController.cpp and/or edit the config file manually.

The inability to bind a modifier key (shift, alt, ctrl...) on its own is a known hold-over from the input system upgrade and is slated to change at some point. The planned replacement is a key-chord system, allowing the use of up to three arbitrary keys (or other key-like inputs, e.g. gamepad buttons) in a binding.

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