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I have the following contents in my ~/.Xmodmap file. It seems a couple times a day (without rebooting or logging out) I need to rerun the command "xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap" to reset my settings. The only thing I can think is that it seems to happen when I walk away from my computer for a bit. Maybe it forgets the settings when the computer locks itself?

remove control = Control_L
remove mod1 = Alt_L
keycode 64 = Control_L
keycode 37 = Alt_L
add control = Control_L
add mod1 = Alt_L

Anyone else seeing similar issues?

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UPDATE: I did some more research and it turns out this was because I had my USB keyboard plugged into my monitor's USB port. Simply plugging my keyboard into the back of computer fixed it. I guess when the monitor turns back on Ubuntu sees it as a new keyboard and doesn't feel the need to re-apply the .Xmodmap settings.

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I'm seeing the same thing. It's driving me nuts. If anybody can figure out why this is happening, please let us know!

Update: I found this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8419110

It seems there's an interaction between xkb and xmodmap that's making the xmodmap settings get lost. I don't know anything about xkb, but it seems that that is the thing we're supposed to do now.

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I solved this issue on my end. Hopefully the same applies to your problem. If your keyboard is plugged into the monitor, switch it out to the PC. –  PKKid May 4 '12 at 0:07

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