I have set up
Caps Lock as a
Hyper key using Karabiner elements and dedicated it for yabai + skhd.
Hyper key simply produces the effect of
Shift + Alt + Command + Control. Basically, if I press
Caps Lock + <something> it will be converted to
Shift + Alt + Command + Control + <something>.
I wanted to set up some hotkeys to open applications that I frquently use like Terminal and Browser. I am a Firefox user so I wanted to open Firefox whenever I press
Hyper + B. I added an skhd configuration like this:
hyper - b : open "/Applications/Firefox Developer Edition.app"
But it didn’t work as expected. All I got was this:
Firefox was trying to start in Safe Mode. After some research, I came to know that pressing
Alt while opening Firefox signals it to open in Safe Mode.
You can reproduce this by executing
open "/Applications/Firefox Developer Edition.app" and pressing
Alt immediately before Firefox launches.
Hyper key is the problem here. As I mentioned before
Hyper = Shift + Alt + Command + Control and it contains
Alt as one of the keys so Firefox was signalled to open in Safe Mode.
Luckily, there is an environment variable
MOZ_DISABLE_SAFE_MODE_KEY using which we can prevent Firefox from entering Safe Mode even if
Alt key is pressed.
MOZ_DISABLE_SAFE_MODE_KEY=1 open "/Applications/Firefox Developer Edition.app" and press
Alt immediately, you would see that Firefox opening normally.
I fixed my skhd configuration using the same:
hyper - b : export MOZ_DISABLE_SAFE_MODE_KEY=1; open "/Applications/Firefox Developer Edition.app"
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