"Both Alt keys together" to change layout does not work

Bug #462249 reported by sefs on 2009-10-27
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Right ALT key does nothing. It does not work.

It cannot be related to this bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/438520 as the fix suggested here does not work.

I installed using the Alternate CD.


ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Oct 27 18:14:41 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: gnome (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-14.48-generic
SourcePackage: meta-gnome2
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-14-generic i686
 (gnome-settings-daemon:2796): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_propagate_error: assertion `src != NULL' failed
 (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:2849): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
 (nautilus:2847): Eel-CRITICAL **: eel_preferences_get_boolean: assertion `preferences_is_initialized ()' failed
 (gnome-panel:2822): Gdk-WARNING **: /build/buildd/gtk+2.0-2.18.3/gdk/x11/gdkdrawable-x11.c:952 drawable is not a pixmap or window
 (nautilus:7193): Eel-CRITICAL **: eel_preferences_get_boolean: assertion `preferences_is_initialized ()' failed

affects: meta-gnome2 (Ubuntu) → gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
affects: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu) → xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)
affects: xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu) → ubuntu
affects: ubuntu → xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)
affects: xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu) → ubuntu
affects: ubuntu → xkeyboard-config (Ubuntu)
Boris Burtin (boris-burtin) wrote :

I hit this problem after installing a second keyboard layout. I was able to reenable the right Alt key by going to the Keyboard Preferences -> Layouts -> Layout Options -> Key(s) to Change Layout and unchecking "Both Alt keys together". Go figure. From what I can tell, using both alt keys to switch the layout doesn't work, even if that box is checked.

sefs (sefsinc) wrote :

What the heck????

It worked!

What the heck????

Thank you kindly.

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2010-03-18
tags: added: karmic
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Glad to hear the issue got sorted out. It sounds like the underlying issue is misbehavior when both alts are pressed, is this correct? I've updated the title to clarify.

summary: - Right ALT key does not work
+ "Both Alt keys together" to change layout does not work
Lesmana Zimmer (lesmana) wrote :

there are many bugs about a not working right alt key. and there are many bugs about a not working shortcut to change keyboard layout (left alt + right alt). as far as i can tell fixing the right alt key would also fix the keyboard layout problem.

could someone with more knowledge than me in the topic please look at these bugs and generously mark as duplicate.

in no particular order:

bug #76901 (marked as fixed, but obviously there is a regression)
bug #363363
bug #251443
bug #462249
bug #96434
bug #226676
bug #382473
bug #438520

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