[xubuntu-users] New to Xubuntu: For some reason the right side "Alt" key doesn't work...

Jim Campbell jwcampbell at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 17:32:29 GMT 2010

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Joe(theWordy)Philbrook <jtwdyp at ttlc.net>wrote:

> It would appear that on Feb 22, Radomir Dopieralski did say:
> > Maybe check the XKB* variables in /etc/default/console-setup, for me they
> are:
> >
> > XKBMODEL="pc105"
> > XKBLAYOUT="pl"
> >
> > (I use a polish keyboard, obviously.)
> Thanks for the clue. This is what I'm seeing in /etc/default/console-setup
> XKBMODEL="pc105"
> XKBOPTIONS="lv3:ralt_switch"
> I'm thinking maybe the "lv3:ralt_switch" thingy???
> But then again, I don't exactly have a 105 key keyboard on this
> gateway laptop, more like 96 physical keys (99 if you count the power and
> touchpad buttons...) But with other distros the default us keyboard the
> installer set up, worked just fine. So I'm thinking maybe the XKBOPTIONS
> are the culprit here... Any idea what "lv3:ralt_switch" is for???
> Is this something that can simply be edited by hand, (then probably
> reboot for full effect) or does one have to use a special command
> and/or gui tool??? As XKBOPTIONS="" seems like a reasonable place to
> start... In fact... I just scroogled lv3:ralt_switch And there are
> several items saying XKBOPTIONS shouldn't be set to it... bug report
> references etc... including :
>  [Bug 76901] Re: right Alt key not recognized by default
>  (www.mail-archive.com/ubuntu-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com/msg250515.html)
>  So I'm gonna try XKBOPTIONS=""... I'll let you know later if this was
>  in fact the problem...
Good call, Radomir.  It appears as though a bug related to this was present
in Feisty, but may have reappeared in Karmic.

Please see these bugs for relevant info and workarounds:
- https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/console-setup/+bug/76901
- (comment #9 of the above bug)
- https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/438520

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