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Here is my problem, I would really appreciate some help!

Hungarian accented characters (áíúöüóúű) stopped working. I use ubuntu through VNC, and I was trying to install wine. The install process from ubuntu software center stopped at 66 percent (it poped up a question I did not notice), I shot it down. After that I cannot use my accented keys. Even when I copy-paste strings form Win in the ubuntu-VNC window, it leaves out the accented characters. From 'xxáűőúüóöxx' becomes 'xxxx' after paste. The web browser and the command line utilities displays these characters correctly, only the keys don't do anything.

I tried to remove and install various font-packages, thet were recently updated/removed, but the problem is, I don't know the root cause, so basicly I just try stuff blindly.

Here is the recent content of the /var/log/apt/history.log file:

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  09:43:19
Install: libopenal1 (1.12.854-0ubuntu1~lucid1), ttf-umefont (411-1), wine1.2
 (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1), icoutils (0.29.1-0ubuntu1~lucid),
ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.2ubuntu0.1),
wine (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1), cabextract
(1.2-3+lenny1build0.10.04.1), ttf-symbol-replacement (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1),
wine1.2-gecko (1.0.0-0ubuntu4), libmpg123-0 (1.12.1-0ubuntu1),
winbind (3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.10), libaudio2 (1.9.2-3),
gnome-exe-thumbnailer (0.7-0ubuntu1~lucid1),ttf-droid (1.00~b112+dfsg+1-0ubuntu1)
Error: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  12:59:02

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  12:59:42
Remove: wine (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  12:59:46

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:05
Remove: wine1.2 (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:12

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:22
Remove: gnome-exe-thumbnailer (0.7-0ubuntu1~lucid1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:27

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:38
Remove: ttf-symbol-replacement (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:41

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:48
Remove: wine1.2-gecko (1.0.0-0ubuntu4)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:00:49

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:02:26
Install: wine1.0 (1.0.1-0ubuntu13), ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.2ubuntu0.1),
wine1.0-gecko (0.1.0-0ubuntu1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:04:15

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:27:49
Install: wine1.2 (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1), wine (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1),
ttf-symbol-replacement (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1), wine1.2-gecko (1.0.0-0ubuntu4),
gnome-exe-thumbnailer (0.7-0ubuntu1~lucid1)
Remove: wine1.0 (1.0.1-0ubuntu13),
wine1.0-gecko (0.1.0-0ubuntu1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:28:25

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:40:20
Remove: ttf-umefont (411-1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:40:24

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:56:41
Remove: ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.2ubuntu0.1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:56:45

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:57:51
Remove: ttf-symbol-replacement (1.2.2-0ubuntu2~lucid1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:57:54

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:58:20
Remove: ttf-droid (1.00~b112+dfsg+1-0ubuntu1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:58:32

Start-Date: 2012-08-22  13:58:39
Remove: ttf-wqy-microhei (0.2.0-beta-1)
End-Date: 2012-08-22  13:58:42
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closed as off-topic by Seth Jun 23 '14 at 23:41

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  • "This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers." – Seth
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Still experiencing this issue? What version of Ubuntu are you running? –  Seth Jun 23 '14 at 23:41
Thanks for your reply! I stopped working with that machine, I think I found some workaround/found a way to do my work with it, but don't remember exactly. Feel free to close this thread. –  Adamsan Jun 24 '14 at 12:27

1 Answer 1

Have you tried removing ttf-mscorefonts-installer package? It installs microsoft fonts to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/, maybe you should check there and ensure the directory is empty?

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This package wasn't installed, the /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/ directory only contained a README file. After installing this package, the directory still contained only this README file, with the same content: License refused, please reinstall this package... to get prompted for the license again. –  Adamsan Aug 22 '12 at 13:31
I reinstalled it with: sudo apt-get install --reinstall ttf-mscorefonts-installer , the readme file is gone, and the dir is full with *.ttf files. However, my problem is still there. Strange thing is, on my gui, on the console, these characters are displayed perfect, only when it gets it as input... It's like it's filtering out. –  Adamsan Aug 22 '12 at 13:44
Are these characters filtered or their glyphs are not being shown? Try this: Copy the string xxáűőúüóöxx and paste it somewhere so it becomes xxxx, now select and copy the new xxxx and paste it in a command line, and see whether the result is xxáűőúüóöxx or xxxx –  Ali Alidoust Aug 22 '12 at 13:51
The result is 'xxxx' when I copy and paste back in windows. I poked around in the System/Settings/Keyboard/Keyboardmodel, and something changed, now I can type most of the letters, but instead of ő,ű it prints o with a tilde and u with a caret sign. And the issue with the disappearing characters when copy-paste is still there. –  Adamsan Aug 22 '12 at 14:09

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