Cannot enter non-latin password characters in lock screen if layout set to english before lock

Bug #1245398 reported by kolen
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-screensaver (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

- Configure 2 keyboard layouts:
  - default: english
  - secondary: something else
- Set your password to something containing non-english characters
- Switch keyboard layout to English
- Lock screen
- Now you can't change keyboard layout on lock screen (hotkey does not work (#1244548) and there is no clickable layout indicator), so you can't enter password and unlock.

For some reason, clickable layout indicator appears on lock screen only if non-english layout (or non-default layout?) is active before locking screen.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.10
Package: gnome-screensaver 3.6.1-0ubuntu6
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-13.20-generic 3.11.6
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-13-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.12.5-0ubuntu2.1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Oct 28 12:54:09 2013
GnomeSessionIdleInhibited: No
GnomeSessionInhibitors: None
 org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay uint32 300
 org.gnome.desktop.session session-name 'ubuntu'
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-23 (5 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" - Release amd64 (20131016.1)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: gnome-screensaver
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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kolen (incredible-angst) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Didier L (l-farquaad) wrote :

Same here. In fact, the layout indicator is there even in the default layout, however clicking it does not work anyway (you see it change but it does not affect the layout)

See also issues #1612910, #1699670 and #879916 which appear to be duplicates.

See also these bugs at Redhat: and

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