XkbSelectEvents − Selects and / or deselects for delivery of one or more Xkb events and has them delivered under all conditions


Bool XkbSelectEvents

(Display *display, unsigned int device_spec,

unsigned long int bits_to_change, unsigned long int values_for_bits);



connection to the X server


device ID, or XkbUseCoreKbd


determines events to be selected / deselected


1=>select, 0->deselect; for events in bits_to_change


Xkb events are selected using an event mask, much the same as normal core X events are selected. However, unlike selecting core X events, where you must specify the selection status (on or off) for all possible event types whenever you wish to change the selection criteria for any one event, Xkb allows you to restrict the specification to only the event types you wish to change. This means that you do not need to remember the event selection values for all possible types each time you want to change one of them.

Many Xkb event types are generated under several different circumstances. When selecting to receive an Xkb event, you may specify either that you want it delivered under all circumstances, or that you want it delivered only for a subset of the possible circumstances.

You can also deselect an event type that was previously selected for, using the same granularity.

Xkb provides two functions to select and deselect delivery of Xkb events. XkbSelectEvents allows you to select or deselect delivery of more than one Xkb event type at once. Events selected using XkbSelectEvents are delivered to your program under all circumstances that generate the events. To restrict delivery of an event to a subset of the conditions under which it occurs, use XkbSelectEventDetails. XkbSelectEventDetails only allows you to change the selection conditions for a single event at a time, but it provides a means of fine-tuning the conditions under which the event is delivered.

This request changes the Xkb event selection mask for the keyboard specified by device_spec.

Each Xkb event that can be selected is represented by a bit in the bits_to_change and values_for_bits masks. Only the event selection bits specified by the bits_to_change parameter are affected; any unspecified bits are left unchanged. To turn on event selection for an event, set the bit for the event in the bits_to_change parameter and set the corresponding bit in the values_for_bits parameter. To turn off event selection for an event, set the bit for the event in the bits_to_change parameter and do not set the corresponding bit in the values_for_bits parameter. The valid values for both of these parameters are an inclusive bitwise OR of the masks shown in Table 1. There is no interface to return your client’s current event selection mask. Clients cannot set other clients’ event selection masks.

The X server reports the events defined by Xkb to your client application only if you have requested them via a call to XkbSelectEvents or XkbSelectEventDetails. Specify the event types in which you are interested in a mask.

Table 1 lists the event mask constants that can be specified with the XkbSelectEvents request and the circumstances in which the mask should be specified.

If a bit is not set in the bits_to_change parameter, but the corresponding bit is set in the values_for_bits parameter, a BadMatch protocol error results. If an undefined bit is set in either the bits_to_change or the values_for_bits parameter, a BadValue protocol error results.

All event selection bits are initially zero for clients using the Xkb extension. Once you set some bits, they remain set for your client until you clear them via another call to XkbSelectEvents.

XkbSelectEvents returns False if the Xkb extension has not been initilialized and True otherwise.



The XkbSelectEvents function returns True if the Xkb extension has been initilialized.


The XkbSelectEvents function returns False if the Xkb extension has not been initilialized.


XkbSelectEventDetails(3), XkbUseCoreKbd(3)


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