Bug#490186: kwin starts eating all keypresses sometimes because of the keyboard shortcuts popup
kwin suffers of a nasty bug that is triggered by the "keyboard shortcuts"
popup. In KDE's Control Center
-> Regional & Accessibility
-> Keyboard Shortcuts
-> Shortcut Sequences
-> Desktop Switching
I have set shortcuts for "Switch to Desktop 1..20" to Win+Tab,1 (1-5, q-t, a-g,
z-b). So first row of keys (1-5) jumps to desktops 1-5, second (q-t) to
desktops 6-10 and so on.
When Win+Tab is pressed, KDE pops up a window at top left corner showing the
available combinations. The title is "Win+Tab,..." and contains a list of the
commands as well as bound keys ("Switch to Desktop 1 1"). Sometimes this
window is closed without the shortcut sequence being completed, which seems to
trigger the bug.
After the bug is triggered, no keyboard input will go to any applications.
Ctrl-Alt-F1 seems to work still though, and mouse does work normally - you can
still change focus of windows etc. Only cure to this I have figured is to kill
kicker and kwin from another X and restart them (DISPLAY=:0 kwin &).
I can't point out the exact version when this was introduced, but it has been
around for a long time.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 126.96.36.199-20080705 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
(ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Versions of packages kwin depends on:
ii kdelibs4c2a 4:3.5.9.dfsg.1-2+b1 core libraries and binaries for al
ii libc6 2.7-2 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii libgcc1 1:4.3.0-1 GCC support library
ii libice6 2:1.0.4-1 X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii libqt3-mt 3:3.3.8b-4 Qt GUI Library (Threaded runtime v
ii libsm6 2:1.0.3-1+b1 X11 Session Management library
ii libstdc++6 4.3.0-1 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii libx11-6 2:1.0.3-7 X11 client-side library
ii libxcomposite1 1:0.3.2-1+b1 X11 Composite extension library
ii libxdamage1 1:1.1.1-3 X11 damaged region extension libra
ii libxext6 1:1.0.3-2 X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii libxfixes3 1:4.0.3-2 X11 miscellaneous 'fixes' extensio
ii libxrender1 1:0.9.4-1 X Rendering Extension client libra
kwin recommends no packages.
-- no debconf information