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At work, I have a MacBook Pro and a RHEL workstation that share a HP keyboard and mouse via a KVM switch. I do most of my work on the Mac so I prefer to change the modifier keys so they command and alt are in the same positions as an Apple keyboard. Here is a screencast to demonstrate the exact options I change: http://screencast.com/t/5mYQwMEVzwP0

The problem is, whenever I switch the KVM or disconnect the Mac, I have to usually have to go back into System Preferences to make the change. Is there some way I could automate this?

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I'm not sure if it'll support the switching case you describe 100%, but KeyRemap4Macbook will probably get you most of the way there. You can set different options for the internal and external keyboards, for example.

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