Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 499004
keyboard mapping of win/alt fails after a variable length of time with usage
Last modified: 2009-12-18 04:23:58 EST
Description of problem: I map my control key to win/alt using the GUI and it works fine initially. I've been doing it for two months and it never works longer than 2 days, usually it fails about once a day. I haven't found a set period of time or set application that causes it, I'm puzzled. If I don't use my computer for a few days it still works when I come back, but after using it for several hours it will stop working again.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):xkeyboard-config-1.4-7.fc10.noarch
How reproducible: I'm using an apple keyboard but I don't think this is related.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Using gnome menu, go to System-> Preferences -> Hardware -> Keyboard
2. Layouts -> Select a layout (I'm using an Apple Keyboard so I've selected Apple).
3. Click "Layout Options..." Then Select "Alt/Win key Behavior" and change default to "Control is mapped to the Win-keys"
5. run "xmodmap -pke | grep 133"
it will return: keycode 133 = Control_L NoSymbol Control_L NoSymbol Control_L
6. Now use your machine for a while, at some point during the next several hours, the win key will stop functioning as the control key.
7. run "xmodmap -pke | grep 133" again, results will now be:
keycode 133 = Super_L NoSymbol Super_L NoSymbol Super_L
8. Now reopen the GUI, it will show Alt/Win is still mapped to control (but its not).
9. I'm able to solve this by change it back to default, closing and reopening, then changing behavior of win/alt again. I would like to be able to permanently set this.
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On a newly installed F10 system yum updated today. I can not use xmodmap (as I did in Fedora 8) so that the Win key allows me to do various accent for writing in foreign languages using a standard US keyboard. I have no xorg.conf file. If this behaviour is unrelated to this bug I can open a separate bug. Is there new functionality to replace xmodmap for this purpose? I really need a way to do accents otherwise I have to go back to Fedora 8.
Normand: please file a separate bug, attaching your xorg.log and your xmodmaprc and a slightly more detailed description of what's not working. xmodmap still works in F-10 and F-11 AFAICT.
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