Pointer Location (which uses Ctrl key) conflicts with other Ctrl-based shortcuts

Bug #1956235 reported by Nazarii Ritter
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gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When activating Pointer Location function, I cannot use any other Ctrl-based shortcuts. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+X, etc. just stop working because Pointer Location is fired up once Ctrl is pressed.

I think that shortcuts should work as follows: shortcut bound commands should be activated after keys are released.

(BTW, don't know whether it's OK to write here but I've never had such issues with Windows OS, because no shortcuts interrupt one another there and it's very important nowadays because shortcuts help saving one's valuable time).

OS Name: Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
OS Type: 64-bit
GNOME Version: 3.36.8
Windowing System: X11

tags: added: conflict shortcuts
tags: added: pointer
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tags: added: bot-comment
affects: ubuntu → gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

> Pointer Location is fired up once Ctrl is pressed.

No, pointer location is fired once Ctrl is released AND no other shortcut was pressed. I've just confirmed it works correctly on Ubuntu 20.04.

If you are sure you are holding down the Ctrl key for long enough and there is really a bug then please run:

  apport-collect 1956235

to provide more information.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Maybe the bug only occurs with non-US keyboard layouts. Regardless, it appears bug 1872230 already describes the problem.

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Nazarii Ritter (nazariy-ritter) wrote :

Daniel, did you check whether Ctrl+C, Ctrl-V, etc. work when Pointer Location option is enabled? I cannot understand it from your post.

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Nazarii Ritter (nazariy-ritter) wrote :

I've just found an alternative to Pointer Location -- Jiggle extension. I'll give it a try.

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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Yes I did test Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V. All work as expected for me in 20.04. Pointer location only occurs if I release Ctrl without having pressed any other key.

But I use a simple US layout. Maybe bug 1872230 occurs for you and others due to other layouts.

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