Unity should perform video mode switch on Super+P, or allow gnome-settings-daemon to handle the key

Bug #778277 reported by James Henstridge on 2011-05-06
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Bug Description

In the classic Gnome desktop, the Super+P key combination triggers a video mode switch (switch between the internal and external displays on a laptop, or clone displays, etc). This is implemented by gnome-settings-daemon through its xrandr and media-keys plugins.

The rationale for using this keybinding is that it is used by modern versions of Windows and that Microsoft has been encouraging manufacturers to remap their dedicated mode switch key sequences (e.g. Fn+F7 or similar) to the Windows+P key sequence. So not supporting the sequence can also cause the dedicated mode switch sequence to fail. Some information on this behaviour can be found here:

    http://mjg59.livejournal.com/121851.html

When using Unity, the key sequence just brings up the side bar briefly. I think Unity should either perform the video mode switch (possibly by invoking the method on g-s-d's xrandr plugin), or pass the keypress though so that it can be handled by g-s-d.

Florian Boucault (fboucault) wrote :

I think the solution of letting gsd handle the Super+P combination is essentially what will happen when bug #704231 is resolved.

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Yes, indeed, fixing bug #704231 will involve falling back to the old shortcuts when Unity does not handle it, thus Super+P will work as before. Maybe this could be marked as a duplicate, but not sure of that, marking as Confirmed for now.

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

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Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
importance: Undecided → Low

Priority set to 'low' because the bug is a cosmetic/usability issue that does not limit the functionality of a non-core application.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for unity (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Unity because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Expired
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