Are Enter Keys Coded Differently?

Doug dmcgarrett at
Fri Jul 12 17:13:22 UTC 2013

On 07/12/2013 08:16 AM, Graham Todd wrote:
> X-GPG Key: : 20D1C4702D00C69A
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
> On Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:48:29 -0400
> Doug <dmcgarrett at> wrote:
>> Amend my previous reply: Running showkey (need root perms) on my kb
>> gives 96 for the far right enter key and 28 for the normal enter key.
>> This is on an IBM model M keyboard, which works fine with any American
>> computer. I don't know what the other layout was for.
>> Sorry for the misinformation earlier.
>> --doug
> Thanks Doug, that was very helpful.
> First of all, I'm using a Genius keyboard, keymapped to English (GB). I
> get the same codes as you when pressing the same keys (Normal Entry
> key=28, Far Right Enter key=96).
> There are obviously two different codes for some reason, but it still
> eludes me, as the keys are supposed to be for the same purpose.
> Patrick Asselman suggested that you should not use a different key for
> the Enter key when creating passwords.  It came to my notice that there
> could be a different coding only after creating a couple of passwords.
> Does it mean that one key should be used in preference when creating
> passwords; I couldn't find the answer when using the Startpage search
> engine, but its now useful to have some information! My gut feeling is
> that it would make the passphrase more secure if you used the Enter key
> with the 96 coding, but I'm happy to be corrected on that matter.
> Again, thanks to Patrick and Doug for all their detailed help
> ++
> Graham Todd
You might not want to use the far right enter key as part of a password,
because in some cases, there IS NO SUCH KEY! My Dell
laptop has no far-right enter key, and an external keyboard that I
use with the Dell when I am at home also is a short board with no
far-right enter either. So there might be some circumstance where you
would need to use such a keyboard, and not be able to enter the password.

Blessed are the peacemakers..for they shall be shot at from both sides.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list