There are three keys on a HHKB for Delete and Backspace:
- BS, by pressing Fn + Delete
- Del, by pressing Fn + `(Backtick)
Getting the keycodes using ‚xev‘
Depending on the settings of the HHKB (the DIP-switches on the back of the keyboard), they produce different keycodes:
|HHKB and Win-Mode||HHKB and Win-Mode, Delete-key=’BS‘||Mac-Mode|
|Delete||119 (Delete)||22 (Backspace)||22|
|BS||22 (Backspace)||22||77 (NumLock)|
The keycodes were determined using a HHKB Professional Classic, but I assume that other HHKBs will give the same results.
Setting BS as Delete
Which keycode does not fit? The
77 for BS in Mac-Mode does not make any sense. And the Mac-mode is the most useful under Linux, because this is the only way to use the volume keys.
Luckily it’s easy in Linux to redefine these codes in Linux (if you are using X-windows, will not work for Wayland).
Just create a file
.Xmodmap in your home directory:
! HHKB in Mac-Mode: Set Fn+Delete as Delete keycode 77 = Delete NoSymbol Delete
With the next restart of X, or with the command
xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap, the key is redefined, and Fn + Delete will work as Delete.
If Fn + Delete should work as Backspace, the line in
.Xmodmap would be
keycode 77 = BackSpace BackSpace BackSpace BackSpace