unable to switch keyboard layouts

Bug #290226 reported by nadavkav on 2008-10-28
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

when setting keyboard layouts to switch with Alt+ Shift keys nothing happens
i need to open the keyboard layout indicator (applet) choose preferences
then a dialog opens.
i choose LAYOUTS
then i choose LAYOUT OPTIONS
the i disable and re-enable the Alt + Shift checkbox

only then it works !

when i logout and login into the session the setting is gone.
and when i boot the machine it is gone too.

clicking the Keyboard Layout indicator (applet) works fine.

when i change the xorg.conf manually and add

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
 Driver "kbd"
 Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
 Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
 Option "XkbLayout" "us,il"
 Option "XkbOptions" "grp:alt_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll"

all works fine.

but, i think it should work without changing the xorg.conf file.

it seem that when the session starts and the keyboard layout applet loads it does not
issue a change in the X keyboard setting ? (maybe)

nadavkav (nadavkav) wrote :
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Since you find this works with making the settings in xorg.conf, I'm wondering if perhaps this is not an xkeyboard-config bug but rather something in gnome?

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. A new version of xkeyboard-config is available in both Lucid and Maverick and we are wondering if this is still reproducible in any of those versions, May you please test and give us of feedback about it? Thanks in advance.

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

We're closing this bug since it is has been some time with no response from the original reporter. However, if the issue still exists please feel free to reopen with the requested information. Also, if you could, please test against the latest development version of Ubuntu, since this confirms the bug is one we may be able to pass upstream for help.

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → New

I face the same problem with Oneiric.

I have been customizing my keyboard layout in Ubuntu for years (a french typing on US layout...), and since Oneiric, my keyboard layout is lost at every reboot.
Curiously, if I remove it and add it again in Keyboard layout settings, it is loaded well.

I just add key maps lines in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us (the same lines for years) in alt-intl section.

And it is well referenced in /etc/default/keyboard :


I would love to at least have a command to remove/add the keyboard layout so that it gets reloaded at startup automatically :)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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