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I would love to get hjkl movement and some other vim-like keybindings, like / for search, if possible. I'm aware of Dactyl's thunderbird project, but it looks like it's in alpha. Similarly, Mutterator looks like it's not being actively developed anymore, and doesn't work with Thunderbird 7, which is what I use. If I could easily edit thunderbird's keybindings i think I could just do this sort of thing for myself.

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10, by the way.

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What OS are you using? –  surfasb Sep 12 '11 at 9:06
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Keyconfig allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts.

Read more about it here.

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You can unzip Thunderbird's chrome .jar files and edit the .dtd files within them, which usually contain the key bindings, if you want something that's not extension-dependent. Here's an example from a DTD file for my extension:

<!ENTITY removedupes.remove_duplicates_menuitems.remove.accesskey "D">
<!ENTITY removedupes.remove_duplicates_menuitems.set_originals.accesskey "o">
<!ENTITY key-removedupes.modifiers "alt,shift">

this is of course much less convenient than using KeyConfig, but that's the low-level non-dynamic way to do it.

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