control/capslock key swap lost and (almost) no way to recover it

Bug #1281232 reported by Barry Warsaw on 2014-02-17
This bug affects 12 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
unity (Ubuntu)
unity-control-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Probably not an xorg problem, but anyway, after today's dist-upgrade, my very long standing swap of the control and caps lock keys on my standard Ubuntu desktop got lost. Now capslock actually is capslock and ctrl is actually ctrl, despite a my previous settings swapping them. Unfortunately, it seems like the ability to swap them back has been lost in System Settings, or gnome-control-center{,.real}.

I will have to resort to xmodmap for now, but please restore the ability to swap these two keys and to honor previous such settings.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: xorg 1:7.7+1ubuntu8
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-8.28-generic 3.13.2
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-8-generic x86_64

ApportVersion: 2.13.2-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,vpswitch,snap,mousepoll,resize,place,move,wall,grid,regex,imgpng,session,gnomecompat,animation,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,workarounds,scale,expo,ezoom,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
CompositorUnredirectDriverBlacklist: '(nouveau|Intel).*Mesa 8.0'
CompositorUnredirectFSW: true
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Mon Feb 17 13:26:59 2014
DistUpgraded: 2011-12-23 14:39:31,555 DEBUG enabling apt cron job
DistroCodename: trusty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
DkmsStatus: virtualbox, 4.3.6, 3.13.0-8-generic, x86_64: installed
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
ExtraDebuggingInterest: Yes
 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV730 XT [Radeon HD 4670] [1002:9490] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:2542]
InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-07-12 (950 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Alpha amd64 (20110705.1)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Studio XPS 435MT
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-8-generic root=UUID=7ffae0c6-66ea-4bbd-ae3d-f98ddd9603a5 ro
SourcePackage: xorg
Symptom: display
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2011-12-23 (786 days ago) 05/05/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: 1.1.1 0R849J
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A03
dmi.chassis.type: 3
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvr1.1.1:bd05/05/2009:svnDellInc.:pnStudioXPS435MT:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0R849J:rvrA03:cvnDellInc.:ct3:cvr: Studio XPS 435MT
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.11+14.04.20140214-0ubuntu1
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs N/A
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.52-1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 10.0.1-1ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 10.0.1-1ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.15.0-1ubuntu6
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.8.2-1ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.3.0-1ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.910-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.10-1ubuntu2
xserver.bootTime: Mon Feb 17 12:42:57 2014
xserver.configfile: default
 input Power Button KEYBOARD, id 6
 input Power Button KEYBOARD, id 7
 input Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite KEYBOARD, id 8
 input Yubico Yubico Yubikey II KEYBOARD, id 9
 input Logitech Trackball MOUSE, id 10

xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
xserver.version: 2:1.15.0-1ubuntu6
xserver.video_driver: radeon

Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :
Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

It's worse than that. Several apps are not mapping their menus to the menubar, and several are not inheriting the Ubuntu desktop theme. Examples include most prominantly firefox and chromium.

Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

Another symptom: I have Alt+H rebound to minimize window. This has worked forever. Now there's a regression where Alt+H will summon the Help menu. This is even though I have Activate the window menu set to Disabled and Minimize window set to Alt+H. This used to override the menu setting, but this has regressed.

Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

Also: my Emacs window geometry defaults are being partially ignored. Second window is being mapped taller than the screen.

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

It affects a non-essential aspect of the package.

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Chris Hermansen (c-hermansen) wrote :

Yes please, rooting through various /etc and . files to change xmodmap or whatever is definitely a loss of user-friendliness...

tags: added: bios-outdated-1.1.4
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

I'm not sure why this was marked Incomplete, and while I appreciate the pointer to the bios update, I don't think it's relevant. This is really about giving back to the user software remapping of keys and modifiers in a user friendly way. xmodmap can do it all but it's far from user friendly. That the Ubuntu desktop *used* to provide this (likely through Gnome) means that this issue *is* a regression in usability.

I think it's entirely valid to reassign this issue away from xorg to a more appropriate package (whatever that might be), but not to close it as incomplete because of a bios issue. This isn't hardware specific, and it does affect multiple people.


Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

Barry Warsaw, could you please specify which package precisely was upgraded when this regression occurred?

Changed in xorg (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

Unfortunately, I can't. IIRC, it was a do-release-upgrade from an earlier version so it was *a lot* of packages.

affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → unity (Ubuntu)
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2015-09-21
Changed in unity:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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