Getting degree sign in Ubuntu

jonrkc ulist at
Thu Jun 2 19:48:04 UTC 2005

Jan Morén Wrote: 
> I can get it by pressing AltGr+Shift+0 (be sure to hold down AltGr

> before Shift).

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I could get the degree symbol the same way you can, with
AltGr+Shift+0, under Mandrake Linux out of the box.  In Ubuntu, I
couldn't get any accent marks without inconvenient dead keys (I
frequently have to write Spanish, French, or German words or passages),
till I hit upon "setxkbmap -model pc104 -layout us -option compose:alt"
through experimenting with kcontrol's regional keyboard settings and
some Google searching.  (There seems to be NO PLACE that lists all
available options and variants! Strange.)  

But I still can't type the degree mark, the cents mark, or other
special characters that were easy to type using Mandrake.  I have no
ready way of finding out what the setting was in Mandrake at this

Can you post here the line in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf "InputDevice"
section that gives the layout and option for your keyboard, which
probably works the way I want mine to work?  Then I can copy it into
mine and see if that solves the problem.

Thanks in advance!


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