keyboard layout changers from de to en after restarting gnome shell 3.10

Bug #1276467 reported by FoCMB on 2014-02-05
This bug affects 36 people
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gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

If I start my Ubuntu 14.04 with Gnome Shell 3.10 the keyboard layout is set to de (german qwertz-layout). After restarting the gnome shell via ALT+F2 the keyboard layout is set to the english layout (y instead of z and so on). So I have to go to keyboard settings and reset the layout to de. This happens after every Gnome Shell Restart, not on computer reboot.

I tested it with other Linux Distros like Manjaro or Mint with Gnome Shell 3.10. There is no bug like this.

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Same problem here. Anytime I restart the GNOME-Shell I have to reconfigure the keyboard to represent the german layout.

Great ... Fixed it (for me) ... maybe my solution works for you too?

The problem seems to be the "ibus-config". I started "ibus-setup" and under "Eingabemethode/input method" I activated the option "Aktive Eingabemethode anpassen/configure active input method(?)" and selected the already activated "german" layout (and also deleted the english layout that appeared right after a ibus-setup restart, but maybe this also helped). Now the settings are static no matter if I reboot or [r]estart the gnome-shell.


description: updated
affects: ubuntu → gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Lukas Strassel (lukasstrassel) wrote :

Same Problem here. Sometimes the Language changes even without a Gnome-Shell restart (i.e. while typing this Report).

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Thomas Christian (sik) wrote :

Same probleme here. Robert Roygaard's solution worked for me till the next system upgrade via apt-get.

same here

Same for Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr (even release canditate): keyboard is reset to english from French.
I noticed (with virtual box) that it does not happen on first boot after fresh install.

m_heindl (moritz-heindl) wrote :

I fixed it (for me) by changing the dconf key "desktop.ibus.general.use-system-keyboard-layout" to "true" (Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 Trusty Tahr).

tommy (worldadmin) wrote :

I had the same issue. The solution from "m_heindl" worked for me. (Ubuntu 14.04)

Linuxsusefan (linuxsusefan) wrote :

i confirm this, reloaded gnome-shell (alt+f2 r) is keyboardlayout english -default is de.
my system: ubuntugnome 14.04 64bit with gnome-shell 3.10 (upgraded from 12.04.3).

Hadrien Titeux (hadware) wrote :

Confirmed on a 14.04 Gnome-shell, upgraded from 13.10.
I applied what m_heindl suggested, waiting for G-S to crash again to see if it "fixed" the keyboard problem (i'm on a french AZERTY keyboard, and it does switch to qwerty as well after a crash).

Experiencing this bug after upgrading to 14.04

lukasfischer (lukasfischer) wrote :

Same here, ubuntu 14.04 and german lazout

dj95 (dj-95) wrote :

Experiencing this bug,too.

I use Ubuntu 14.04 since it is available on different pc's, but this bug appears now for the first time.
Normally I use gnome, but I haven't installed gnome on this machine with this bug.

ng (ng-ngcorp) wrote :

Same problem here.

Using the »setxkbmap« command on CLI like:

setxkbmap de

For german in this case, helps me to quickly resolve this.

Boris Hollas (borish) wrote :

I've just tried the work around proposed by heindl and it doesn't work for me. After Alt+F2, I have US-layout each time.

Boris Hollas (borish) wrote :

Also, Robert Roygards solution doesn't work for me.

AbuMaia (abumaia01) wrote :

Robert Roygaard's solution works for me, only after issuing another Alt-F2 + r command.

mejo (jonas-freesources) wrote :

This bug magically disappeared for me. I'm running up-to-date Ubuntu 14.04. I didn't have time to check all the updated packages for possible related changes yet, just wanted to report back.

mejo (jonas-freesources) wrote :

Now the bug reappeared again, so it's by no means solved for me. Sorry for the confusion.

Julien Olivier (julo) wrote :

Is it a known upstream bug or is it something related to Ubuntu only? Because I can't find any match on

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