Alt stopped working as Meta in gnome-terminal with gtk+3.0 3.2.2-0ubuntu1

Bug #890555 reported by Anders Kaseorg
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Gnome Virtual Terminal Emulator
Fix Released
gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)
vte (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

My Alt key no longer acts as Meta in gnome-terminal on my precise system as of today. So for example in bash, Alt+b no longer moves back a word, Alt+Backspace no longer deletes a word, etc. These keystrokes now act as if Alt was not pressed.

Other libvte-based terminals like xfce4-terminal are not affected.

I traced this to the upload of gtk+3.0 3.2.2-0ubuntu1. After downgrading libgtk-3-0, libgail-3-0, libgail-3-common, gir1.2-gtk-3.0, libgtk-3-bin from 3.2.2-0ubuntu1 to 3.2.0-0ubuntu3 and restarting gnome-terminal, the problem goes away.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: gnome-terminal 3.0.1-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.1.0-2.3-generic 3.1.0
Uname: Linux 3.1.0-2-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: openafs
ApportVersion: 1.26-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Nov 15 01:53:57 2011
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64 (20101202)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Anders Kaseorg (andersk) wrote :
tags: added: regression-release
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Revision history for this message
Luke Yelavich (themuso) wrote :

There is a proposed patch in the upstream bug. I've built a vte test package, and the patch works for me.

affects: gnome-terminal (Ubuntu) → vte (Ubuntu)
Changed in vte (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package vte - 1:0.28.2-0ubuntu3

vte (1:0.28.2-0ubuntu3) precise; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/gtk32-meta-map.patch: Patch from upstream bugzilla to
    deal with the new meta mapping in GTK 3.2.2+ (LP: #890555)
 -- Luke Yelavich <email address hidden> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:38:44 +1100

Changed in vte (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Martin Pitt (pitti)
Changed in gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in vte:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in vte:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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