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Re: Keyboard language randomly changes to Arabic(?)




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On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 03:47:45AM -0500, Tim Hume wrote:
> >-------- Original Message --------
> >Subject: Re: Keyboard language randomly changes to Arabic(?)
> >Local Time: 12 January 2018 1:09 PM
> >UTC Time: 12 January 2018 02:09
> >From: don@xxxxxxxxxx
> >To: debian-user@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >
> >On Thu, 11 Jan 2018, Tim Hume wrote:
> >>I've encountered a strange problem where my keyboard layout/language
> >> changes when I'm typing. I'm running on Debian buster, upgraded with
> >> all the latest updates.
> >>
> > I'm not certain, but I wonder if you're accidentally hitting the layout
> > switch key when you type '| ' quickly. Often it's mapped to shift-caps
> > or something like that.
> >
> > setxkbmap -print; should tell you what your default keymap is set to and
> > what the possible alternates are. [There may also be an XFCE specific
> > way of setting this.]
> >
> >
> >
> >Don Armstrong https://www.donarmstrong.com
> 
> I don't think I'm accidentally hitting the layout switch key. I can reliably reproduce this problem when I'm typing in both Libre Office and xfce4-terminal.

You can verify (or falsify) that with xinput (same-named package).

Sample session:

  tomas@trotzki:~$ xinput list
  ⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
  ⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
  ⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=10   [slave  pointer  (2)]
  ⎜   ↳ TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint                     id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
  ⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
      ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
      ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
      ↳ Video Bus                                 id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
      ↳ Sleep Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
      ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
      ↳ ThinkPad Extra Buttons                    id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
  tomas@trotzki:~$ xinput test 9
  key release 36 
  key press   65 
   key release 65 
  key press   62 
  key release 62 
  key press   50 
  key press   37 
  [...]

The gory details in the manpage :)

Cheers
- -- tomás
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