Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 446478
Unable to bind keyboard shortcut to "Open A Terminal" (while others work as expected)
Last modified: 2009-12-13 17:44:26 EST
Description of problem:
Unable to bind keys to "Open a Terminal" under keyboard shortcut.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Go to System->Preferences->Personal->Keyboard Shortcuts
2.Go to "Open A Terminal" and enter a keyboard shortcut
3.Try to use the keyboard shortcut (won't work)
4.Go back into Keyboard Shortcuts and assign that same keyboard shortcut to
something else ("Run An Application" for example)
5.Press the keyboard shortcut (notice that it *does* work)
Shortcut does not work for that one specific item in keyboard shortcuts
Expect keyboard shortcut to launch a terminal
gnome-common provides development files for programmers developing and building
GNOME software. Reassigning to control-center which provides
Works here. What terminal is selected in the preferred applications? Is the
terminal you selected actually available?
I'm not sure. I'm binding the keyboard shortcut to the "Open A Terminal" option
under Keyboard Shortcuts under the "Desktop" section.
I'm able to go to Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal and open a terminal
if that helps at all.
Sorry if I'm not much help.
Also, I posted a thread on fedoraforum.org and only got one response but they
confirmed the same behavior:
(In reply to comment #3)
> I'm not sure. I'm binding the keyboard shortcut to the "Open A Terminal" option
> under Keyboard Shortcuts under the "Desktop" section.
Which terminal did you choose under the Preferred applications:
System -> Preferences -> Personal -> Preferred applications
Which keyboard shortcut are you trying to assign to the command?
"Which terminal did you choose under the Preferred applications: System ->
Preferences -> Personal -> Preferred applications?"
I'm using "Gnome Terminal" (Haven't changed it)
"Which keyboard shortcut are you trying to assign to the command?"
I've tried several. I started with windows key + t, but even after adjusting
the Alt/Win key behavior it still wasn't working, so then I tried
ctrl+alt+enter, which also didn't work. Then I bound ctrl+alt+enter to "Run
Dialog" and it worked fine.
From the fedora forum thread:
"maybe it's gnome's 2.20 bug, because I've checked that in gnome 2.22 and it
I'm running 2.20.3 build date of 1/8/08 if that helps at all.
If I disable desktop effects the keyboard shortcut works. Reenabling the
desktop effects causes it to stop working again.
Compiz bug then (which probably has a hard-coded terminal to use, or doesn't
follow the gnome settings for the preferred terminal).
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I observe this bug in Fedora 12 (only after installing Compiz).
Dismissing bugs after 18 months by automatic process is dumb. 18 months is not a long duration compared to the lifespan of most software in Fedora. It is naive to assume that in this time a developer will have edited the offending line[s] of code among many thousands and happened to fix the bug of which he was not aware. Time is no great healer for software (Firefox has bugs reproducible today that were reported in Mozilla last century), instead bugs are fixed when users inform developers about them and provide instructions to reproduce them (this is why we have a bugtracker).
I suggest that after 18 months it is tested whether a bug can still be reproduced, then either closed or relabelled as applying to the current release to stimulate fixing.
A bug reported is an opportunity to improve the quality of software in Fedora, we should not dismiss it without inspection.
I removed compiz and compiz-gnome. Now "open a terminal" isn't even listed in the list of keyboard shortcuts (gnome-keybinding-properties). Here is a screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/V2ux2.png
1: Install Fedora 12 (at this point, keyboard shortcut can be set and works correctly)
2: Install compiz (keyboard shortcut can be set but does not work)
3: Remove compiz (keyboard shortcut is not even listed)