funny alt/meta mapping with sun type 7 keyboards

Bug #415768 reported by Jayen on 2009-08-19
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
kde-workspace (Ubuntu)
xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: kdebase-workspace

Ubuntu 9.04
kdebase-workspace 4:4.2.2-0ubuntu2

I have a Sun Type 7 keyboard.
I run: kcmshell4 keyboard_layout (or otherwise open kde's keyboard layout options)
I choose Sun Type 5/6 from the Keyboard model list
I hit apply

Now alt+tab brings up the window list, but meta+tab and meta+shift+tab rotate me through the list. Weird indeed! Also, meta+left click to drag windows, even though the window behaviour explicitly says alt+left click. Weirder!

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: kdebase-workspace-bin 4:4.3.0-0ubuntu1~jaunty1~ppa5 (I upgraded while I was reporting the bug, so this is wrong)
SourcePackage: kdebase-workspace
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-14-generic i686
UnreportableReason: This is not a genuine Ubuntu package

Jayen (jayen) wrote :
description: updated
Richard Johnson (nixternal) wrote :

It seems there are various issues with Sun Type 7 Keyboard, and I am not positive this is a KDE issue, but more so a Xorg issue. Seeing as you have gone with such a funky keyboard, I know they rock for writing code, I am taking it you have also probably researched the issues that are out there. Is there anyone around here with some experience on this keyboard and maybe work arounds if there are any? Thanks!

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Richard Johnson (nixternal) wrote :

Hey Xorg peeps, I have included xserver-xorg-input-keyboard seeing as this is a funky keyboard, and according to the little bit of research I have done, this keyboard, Sun Type 7, seems to have issues with other DEs as well. If this isn't a Xorg issue, I am hoping you might be able to at least help a bit. Thanks!

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2009-10-09
tags: added: jaunty
Jonathan Thomas (echidnaman) wrote :

KDE uses xkb through a wrapper, so this is in all likelyhood a bug somewhere lower in the stack.

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Timo Aaltonen (tjaalton) on 2009-12-15
affects: xserver-xorg-input-keyboard (Ubuntu) → xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Jayen - I've forwarded this bug upstream to - please subscribe yourself to this bug, in case they need further information or wish you to test something. Thanks ahead of time!

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in xkeyboard-config:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
bugbot (bugbot) wrote :

This bug report was filed against an old version of Ubuntu.
Can you confirm whether this is still an issue in natty?

If you don't mind, it would be very helpful if you could update the bug
report in launchpad to 'Fix Released' if it is no longer an issue for
you, or if it is still occurring under natty, please tag the bug 'natty'
so it's easier for us to track.

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → New
status: New → Incomplete
Jayen (jayen) wrote :

--- Comment #3 from Sergey V. Udaltsov <email address hidden> 2011-05-09 14:00:44 PDT ---
Well, your keysyms look correct. I guess it is expected behaviour of your
window manager. Most of PC kbds do not have Meta key - so it is quite possible
that window manager developers considered Alt and Meta as the same thing. I
guess it would be reasonable to complain to them.

So I am closing this, but if the authors of window manager find something wrong
about xkb configuration - feel free to reopen.

tags: added: natty
Changed in xkeyboard-config:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Jayen (jayen) wrote :

according to the xkb people, this is a kde bug...

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → New
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[As per upstream bug report, not actually an xkb issue.]

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
affects: kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu) → kde-workspace (Ubuntu)
Harald Sitter (apachelogger) wrote :

Please report a bug at

Changed in kde-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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