GEdit - can't select text with keyboard

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at
Mon Feb 15 17:39:38 UTC 2010

2010/2/15 Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at>:
> 2010/2/14 Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at>:
>> 2010/2/13 Karl F. Larsen <klarsen1 at>:
>>> Robert Spanjaard wrote:
>>>> On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 19:41:21 +0100, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
>>>>> I have recently installed Ubuntu 9.10. Before that I had the now very
>>>>> old Ubuntu 8.10. With Ubuntu 8.10 GEdit 2.24.0 is the default text
>>>>> editor, in Ubuntu 9.10 it is GEdit 2.28.0. My wife still use GEdit
>>>>> 2.26.1 on Ubuntu 9.04, so I have three different versions to compare to
>>>>> each other.
>>>>> I just opened GEdit for the first time since I installed Ubuntu 9.10 and
>>>>> I noticed that I can no longer select text with Shift+→, Shift+↠,
>>>>> Shift+↓ etc. It seems like Shift+→, for example, behaves exactly like
>>>>> →,
>>>>> that is moving the cursor forwards.
>>>>> I just asked my wife to test this on her computer (Ubuntu 9.04, GEdit
>>>>> 2.26.1, just like I mentioned above), end Shift+→ works perfectly for
>>>>> her.
>>>>> Is this a difference between GEdit 2.28.0 and 2.26.1 or is there a
>>>>> setting that went wrong in my case?
>>>>> I can still select text using the mouse, but I find that very
>>>>> inconvenient.
>>>> Seems to be a setting somewhere. I'm using the same version of Ubuntu/
>>>> gedit, but the keyboard selection still works.
>>>        Yes if you start gedit and then select help they tell you all about
>>> setting up keyboard selection at least on 10.04
>> No, it doesn't provide anything useful for this matter (GEdit 2.28.0).
>> Johnny Rosenberg
> I found the reason for my problems. Unfortunately I didn't find a way
> to solve it…
> I have my own keyboard layout which I created myself by adding stuff
> to /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/se, /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/evdev.lst
> and /usr/share/X11/xkb//rules/evdev.xml.
> One of the features of my layout is that I can use my arrow keys for
> typing arrows, like ←↑↓→⬄↹↔⇨, using the AltGr (Right Alt) with or
> without the Shift key.
> For example, in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/se, which defines my own
> layout as a variant of the Swedish layout, the right arrow key is
> defined like this:
> key <RGHT> {[Right,                Right,                rightarrow,
>        U21E8                ]};
> The four elements within [{}] stands for what happens if we press the
> key alone, with Shift, With AltGr and with Shift+AltGr. Right means
> move the cursor right, rightarrow means the symbol → and U21E8 means
> the hexadecimal code for the Unicode character ”⇨”. So it seems like I
> need to find out what to replace the second ”Right” with to make it
> work. Unfortunately I don't have a clue what it could be, if something
> like that even exists.
> I searched in that folder for other files containing ”<RGHT>” and I
> found quite a few, but all of them was done like this:
> key <RGHT> {    [Right ]    };
> It seems like that line means something like ”The usual right arrow
> key function”.
> One funny thing I found was that I can actually highlight text in some
> other applications, like for instance, but not in Gedit
> or Tomboy. I can do it in my web browser though (Opera). Seems like
> some applications do things like that differently.
> So I guess I have to write a new thread now about how to solve this.
> I guess that the question marks below displays what I'm looking for,
> in case anyone reads this and know the answer:
> key <RGHT> {[Right,                ?????,                rightarrow,
>        U21E8                ]};
> This is what I want to obtain:
> →: Move cursor one step to the right
> Shift+→: Move cursor one step to the right and highlight
> AltGr+→: Type a ”→”
> Shift+AltGr+→: Type a ”⇨”
In case someone wonders how I know that the problem is related to my
keyboard layout, I just want to add that I can highlight text with my
keyboard if I switch to the default Swedish layout, but not with my
own layout./
And I also want to point out that everything works with my own
keyboard layout except Shift+[←|↑|↓|→].


Johnny Rosenberg

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