strange behavior in gnome-terminal - need to reset to default

Bill Marcum marcumbill at
Thu Jun 18 04:07:23 UTC 2009

On 2009-06-15, Ray Leventhal <ubuntu at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been happily using gnome-terminal whenever a CLI was needed.  I'm
> not sure how it happened, but today everytime I press the letter u, the
> contents of the clipboard is pasted into the terminal.  As you can
> imagine, not being able to type sudo is kind of a pain :)
> I've installed konsole for the time being, but I'd prefer to leave
> gnome-terminal as my default CLI.
> In my trying to fix this, I did, of course, look at the keyboard
> shortcuts menu under 'edit'...and sure enough, below 'Copy' to which
> Shift+Ctrl+C is mapped, the letter U is mapped to 'Paste'.
> So...2 questions in order of importance:
> 1) how do I reset this?  I've looked and googled but without any luck
> (unless I'm just not seeing it, which is always possible)
> and
> 2) any ideas on how this happened in the first place?  I'd hate to have
> it happen again.
I've had problems with this in the past. I think if you bring up a 
menu, then use the mouse or cursor keys to highlight a menu choice, and 
press a key other than Enter, Escape, tab or arrows, that key becomes a 
new shortcut. I don't remember how that got fixed, unless it was by 
upgrading to Jaunty.  Right now I don't have the problem, but I'm using 
Xubuntu with fvwm-crystal as the window manager, so it's quite 
different from a typical Ubuntu desktop.

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