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I would like to bind a zsh function to the key combo Ctrl+=. I haven't found any working way to do this. If it is possible, I would like to know how.

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As far as I can tell, the Ctrl+= keybind is not distinguished from the plain = key. While you could bind it, you would also bind to any regular press of equals.

Binding a function to a key is quite easy. You just need to turn the function into a ZSH Widget first. For example:

% function hello_function { echo "hello" }
% zle -N hello_widget hello_function
% bindkey '=' hello_widget

You can find the string to put into bindkey by typing ctrl-v and then your desired keystroke. So I can see that Ctrl+e can be represented as '^E' by typing Ctrl+v Ctrl+e.

Not all modifiers result in a different bindable key, unfortunately.

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Thanks for the answer. It it too bad that it isn't possible to set arbitrary keybindings :( – drewrobb Jan 31 '13 at 20:43
There are probably more bindable keys than you think. The control-v trick is quite nifty, but if the key already has a binding then it can interfere with it. You can certainly bind the function keys, and every letter I have tried worked. Maybe try to think of a new nemonic for the action you are trying to perform. – Matthew Franglen Jan 31 '13 at 21:18

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