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#1 2011-05-04 01:05:04

Nikorasu
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Registered: 2009-09-26
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GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

Hello again,

I've searched around for an answer to this question, but haven't had much success. In GNOME2, I had a few keyboard shortcuts mapped to the Windows key (Mod4). In GNOME3, the developers seem to have mapped a number of shortcuts to the windows key, but for whatever reason, the shortcuts don't seem to work consistently. Of note, I have the following keyboard shortcuts setup:

Lock Screen: Mod4+L
Home Folder: Mod4+E
Run: Mod4+R (Works)
Run Terminal: Mod4+Enter (Works)

For whatever reason, the Lock Screen and Home Folder shortcuts do not work. Any insights as to why this may be? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

P.S. Apologies for the multiple posts: I thought that the forums would be more appreciative of me asking several specific questions instead of requesting assistance for a laundry list of problems.

Last edited by Nikorasu (2011-05-04 01:06:07)

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#2 2011-05-04 04:54:56

Bordee
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

I've been using Gnome 3 in both Arch and Fedora 15 beta, and I've had the exact same problem with keyboard shortcuts as you describe. I have managed to successfully open a terminal using Super (Mod4) + T. But for some weird reason, that is the only keyboard shortcut that works with the Super Key. In the custom shortcuts menu, I've tried to map application shortcuts to the Super key, but none of them work. However, when I use a different combination -- like Ctrl + Alt + Letter -- the shortcuts work. This makes me think that something is going on with the Super key in Gnome 3. That key does play a special function as it calls up the Activities menu, so maybe the Super key is restricted as to how it can be mapped to other shortcuts? I still don't understand why I can map a Super key shortcut to open a terminal, but not for a custom command.

Like you, I've been searching the internet to find out what's going on with the Gnome 3 shortcuts, but I haven't been able to find anything. I would love to hear from others to see if anyone has figured out how to create custom shortcuts with the Super key. If it is not possible to create custom shortcuts with the Super key, does anyone know why that's the case?

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#3 2011-05-04 12:33:06

Nikorasu
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

Thanks Bordee; its somewhat reassuring to know that at least I'm not the only one with this problem! I'm going to keep investigating, but in the meantime, I've also posted a question on SuperUser.com. I don't have high hopes for anyone solving it, but at least it is there. If I don't find anything in the next week, or nothing turns up, it might just come down to filing a bug.

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#4 2011-05-04 13:19:34

hcjl
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

same problem here. in fallback mode the shortcuts work, but not in gnome-shell.

Last edited by hcjl (2011-05-04 13:19:50)

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#5 2011-05-04 13:27:15

wonder
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

i really have to teach every user that bugs should be reported upstream?:D


Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

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#6 2011-05-04 16:24:11

Bordee
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

I wasn't quite sure if the potential bug was an intentional feature. Given the uncertainty, I went ahead and filed a bug report https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=649389 .

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#7 2011-05-04 16:26:58

wonder
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

@Bordee you didn't say the version of gnome-control-center


Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

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#8 2011-05-04 17:42:06

Bordee
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

@wonder I am using gnome-control-center 3.0.1.1-1.  I went ahead and added it to the bug report.

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#9 2011-05-04 20:38:35

barzam
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Registered: 2009-01-27
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

I'm having the exact same problem, and wasn't sure either whether this was a bug or a feature. Great job getting that bug filed!

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#10 2011-05-05 14:04:24

Nikorasu
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Registered: 2009-09-26
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

wonder wrote:

i really have to teach every user that bugs should be reported upstream?:D

Apologies; I really should have filed a bug report. As a software developer, I know how annoying it can be to have to deal with bugs that are not bugs. Since GNOME3 is so new, I also did not know if it was a bug or a feature.

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#11 2011-05-06 01:17:05

Bordee
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

Here's an interesting update on keyboard shortcuts from the bug report that I filed. It turns out that you can get a custom shortcut that use sthe Super key to work (e.g., firefox Mod4+ F), by pressing the Super key twice and then holding it down before pressing the the second key (F). I'm not sure if this behavior with the Super key is an intended feature or if it is a bug, which I indicated in the bug report.

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#12 2011-07-09 07:00:26

tomasr
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

Hey awesome, Bordee! that works! Maybe it has something to do with the Mod4 key being captured for that activity view. I didn't see a binding for it in the default keyboard settings, but when I press it, that's what it does by default. Then again, Mod4 can be used just fine to launch terminal, so that doesn't make sense. Oh well, thanks for the work around!

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#13 2011-09-23 03:09:47

fast_rizwaan
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

I updated to gnome-unstable 3.1.92, I'm having the bug still. erractic behavior with super+U, super+I, Super+K, Super+J, and other <super>+<key>shortcuts too.

Did I miss something? I upgraded from 3.0.x to 3.1.92.

Though shortcuts work if
we press and hold the super key, and type U (U key part of super+u shortcut) twice. But this is the way it should be. i reported the bug upstream that 3.1.92 is still affected.
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=659899

Last edited by fast_rizwaan (2011-09-23 19:32:09)

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#14 2012-02-05 16:32:36

b6fan
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Registered: 2010-03-01
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

To workaround this issue, you can disable [super] as the overlay key:

Start gconf-editor and set /apps/mutter/general/overlay_key to empty string, then restart gnome-shell

To enter activity view, use combined shortcut key (default is Alt+F1, can be set in Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> System -> Show the activities overview)

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#15 2012-10-31 09:19:42

Heinrichmeyer
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

with gnome-3.6 there is a funny issue:

The starter "Home Folder" is associated with baobab, even after deleting the dconf database. My expectation is that this action should start nautilus. A bug?

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#16 2012-10-31 09:54:27

Heinrichmeyer
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

OK,

xdg-open Folder opens folder with baobab, a mime problem?

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#17 2012-10-31 10:09:40

Heinrichmeyer
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Re: GNOME3 - Keyboard shortcuts working inconsistently

executing the line

xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory

solved my problem, without this baobab was i.e. openend from chrome and firefox download "show in folder" operations.

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