Wrong keyboard settings are restored after resume

Bug #372612 reported by Martin Pohlack on 2009-05-06
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xserver-xorg-input-evdev (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I use a custom script for configuring my keyboard layout on login in order to have a portable solution on all machines and desktop systems (kde, gnome, ...):
    setxkbmap -layout de -model pc105 -variant "nodeadkeys" -option "ctrl:nocaps,compose:rwin,alt_win:menu"
    xkbset m || true
    xmodmap -e "keysym Menu = Pointer_Button2" || true

Essentially, CapsLock is modified to be an additional control key and the right menu key is my middle mouse button (as my laptop lacks this button).

I call .xprofile from my .profile if $DISPLAY is set sufficiently.

Problem is, that after "resume from ram" the keyboard is restored to default settings *sometimes*.

I expect the xkb state of the X server to be preserved across suspend / resume cycles.

I have the strong suspicion that the bug is triggered by delayed USB recognition in my docking station. I could create a similar reset by unplugging my external keyboard and replugging it. Is there a way to prevent this magic from happening?

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 9.04
Release: 9.04

All packages are current.

Maybe related to bugs #287215 and #295990.

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affects: ubuntu → xserver-xorg-input-evdev (Ubuntu)
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2009-09-02
tags: added: jaunty

This gets me most often when I "switch user" to my wife's acct; when I come back my customizations are gone. I also see it when I CTRL-ALT-F3 to get to a tty. Problem didn't exist in intrepid, first showed up in jaunty, still present in karmic.

Oliver Joos (oliver-joos) wrote :

I have the same problem. And I found, how to reproduce this effect with Karmic and an external keyboard. I am not sure, if it's the same bug. But some keyboards might try to hold delay/rate settings, and loose them if sleep-resume takes too long or something. This would explain why *sometimes* they are lost after a resume.

To reproduce reliably:
1 start gnome-keyboard-properties and set a low keyboard delay
2 test it in a gnome-terminal
3 unplug and re-plug your external keyboard
4 test it again in the gnome-terminal
=> internal keyb is unchanged, external keyb delay is reset to default!

What I would expect:
Whenever a keyboard is detected (after resume, plug-in, ...) keyboard delay and rate should be reestablished.

Oliver Joos (oliver-joos) wrote :

I am not sure if my comment above targets the same issue as this bug. This bug is about wrong settings after RESUME. If unplug and re-plug the keyboard does also trigger this bug, then my previous comment is valid and we could mark this bug as duplicate of Bug #427168.

Oliver Joos (oliver-joos) wrote :

Now it's clear: this bug is *not* a duplicate of bug #427168. This one is about key binding being reset, 427168 is about keyboard rate/delay being reset.

The same confusion was on gnome.org while discussing both fixes (https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=610245). Meanwhile chances are good that this bug is also fixed in latest Lucid daily build. So please check and comment if you are affected.

Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

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Hi Martin,

This bug was reported against an earlier version of Ubuntu, can you
test if it still occurs on Lucid?

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Changed in xserver-xorg-input-evdev (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-retested-on-lucid-by-june
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