Keyboard limit?

Rick rufus at
Wed Jul 9 10:17:10 UTC 2008

Chris Mohler wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 3:06 AM, Rick <rufus at> wrote:
>> Rick wrote:
>>> It seems that Ubuntu (but not Kubuntu) limits the number of keyboards to
>>> four. 


> Hmm - I have no idea why it's limited to four - you should probably
> file a bug.  In the meantime, open a terminal and run 'gconf-editor'.
> Browse to this key:
> /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kbd
> Then double-click "layouts" and add your layouts to the list.  The
> trick is going to be figuring out the two-letter layout codes.  I
> would probably turn on/off layouts in the GUI preferences and write
> down the codes as they appear in gconf-editor - then close the GUI
> tool and punch the entire list into gconf-editor.
> HTH,
> Chris
Following your instructions, I was able to add a fifth keyboard in 
/desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kbd, but when I restarted 8.04, it 
did not show in the keyboard indicator gui, nor did the keystroke alt + 
shift function properly. In fact, I was limited to Hebrew and French. 
The other keyboards did not show. I went into keyboard preferences and 
removed the German keyboard I'd just added, restarted the system, and 
all was back to functioning smoothly with the four original keyboards.

So, while your instructions were indeed correct and helpful in adding 
the additional keyboard, it seems the rest of the system environment was 
unable to accept the change.

I don't think this is a bug exactly, just a programming limitation on 
what is admittedly an unusual expectation on my part. Isn't there a 
"wish list" somewhere? That may be a better place to mention this.

Thanks for your suggestion.


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