[Techtalk] Starting apps with keyboard in Gnome

David Sumbler david at aeolia.co.uk
Sun Mar 25 18:05:31 UTC 2007

A friend of mine is running Gnome under Ubuntu Dapper.  Periodically,
she has told me, she has problems "with the mouse behaving erratically".

Yesterday I was at home when the problem arose, and, after logging into
her machine, I found that the actual problem was that the machine was
running at a snail's pace, owing to a memory leak in Evolution.  (I have
not come across this problem myself: I am using version 2.8.1 which
comes with Ubuntu Edgy.  My friend seems to have version 2.6.)

Because she is the sort of person who tends to get frightened by unusual
behaviour from the computer, and seems to find it difficult to follow a
sequence of instructions, I thought that I would install a script on her
machine, with the line "killall evolution", and set up a hotkey to
activate it - e.g. Ctrl-Alt-E.  (Remember, she can't use the mouse on
these occasions, so it has to be activated from the keyboard.)

Can this be done in Gnome?  I can't seem to find how to do set keys to
issue particular commands.


David Sumbler <david at aeolia.co.uk>

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