Ubuntu – remap keys on keyboard

I have apple keyboard and default layout is not good enough. The less and greater character appear on the wrong key, by default there are on the key above left tab key but I need them down on the second key in the second row, just before “y” character.

This change is from the Ubuntu 18.04 version.

Open keyboard definition for my country (si) from the /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols folder.

sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/si

Change the “cedilla , diaeresis” to “less, greater” and re-login.

Original file content:

default  partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "basic" {
 include "rs(latin)" name[Group1]="Slovenian"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ cedilla, diaeresis ] };
 };
 partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "us" {
 include "rs(latinyz)" name[Group1]= "Slovenian (US, with Slovenian letters)"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ cedilla, diaeresis ] };
 };
 partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "alternatequotes" {
 include "rs(latinalternatequotes)" name[Group1]= "Slovenian (with guillemets)"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ cedilla, diaeresis ] };
 };

After the change :

default  partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "basic" {
 include "rs(latin)" name[Group1]="Slovenian"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ less, greater ] };
 };
 partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "us" {
 include "rs(latinyz)" name[Group1]= "Slovenian (US, with Slovenian letters)"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ less, greater ] };
 };
 partial alphanumeric_keys
 xkb_symbols "alternatequotes" {
 include "rs(latinalternatequotes)" name[Group1]= "Slovenian (with guillemets)"; key <TLDE> { type[Group1]="TWO_LEVEL", [ less, greater ] };
 };

Google Drive sync with Grive2 on Ubuntu

Install Grive2

Detailed instructions here.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install grive

The first run to establish a connection and authenticate

mkdir GoogleDrive
cd GoogleDrive

grive -a 

Grive -a will give you url to enable access to google drive, returned private key must be copied back to the terminal.

To sync manually you execute “grive” command in the GoogleDrive folder:

 grive

Enable Grive2 auto syncbetter use without it

By default, this sync process take too much processor strength and make too much network traffic almost all the time or every 3 seconds, even when there are no changes on the google drive and the timer is set to 15 minutes.

Maybe default configuration just isn’t configured optimally or something. Take this into consideration before continue.

GoogleDrive in the systemctl commands is folder in your $HOME.

systemctl --user enable grive-timer@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).timer 
 systemctl --user start grive-timer@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).timer 
 systemctl --user enable grive-changes@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).service 
 systemctl --user start grive-changes@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).service

Systemctl commands results:

Created symlink /home/igorb/.config/systemd/user/timers.target.wants/grive-timer@GoogleDrive.timer → /usr/lib/systemd/user/grive-timer@.timer

Change timer to only fire once in 15 minutes:

First stop the timer & service:

systemctl --user stop grive-timer@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).timer

systemctl --user stop grive-changes@$(systemd-escape GoogleDrive).service

Edit the timer file:

sudo gedit ~/.config/systemd/user/timers.target.wants/grive-timer@GoogleDrive.timer 

Change the content of the timer setup:

[Unit]
 Description=Google drive sync (fixed intervals)
 [Timer]
 OnCalendar=*:0/15
 OnBootSec=3min
 OnUnitActiveSec=15min
 Unit=grive-timer@%i.service
 [Install]
 WantedBy=timers.target

Run the command to reload timers and then start the timer and service again.

systemctl --user daemon-reload

Set permission for GoogleDrive files

Ifyou have google drive folder on second drive, not exactly on “home” folder, then you need to change permissions for folders and files :

sudo chmod -R a+rwx ./Storage