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Keyboard shortcuts that I'm used to with Alt on Ubuntu are not working on my new system (running 10.04 LTS). Alt+1 for first tab, for example. When I run xev I see that when I press Alt instead of getting the keypress event that I normally expect I get this instead:

FocusOut event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x4c00001,
    mode NotifyGrab, detail NotifyAncestor

FocusIn event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x4c00001,
    mode NotifyUngrab, detail NotifyAncestor

KeymapNotify event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x0,
    keys:  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   
           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   

Any idea what's going on? Thanks.

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closed as off-topic by Braiam, chaskes, mikewhatever, souravc, Richard Apr 6 '14 at 19:27

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I just had the same thing happen to me with my fn+left/right keys -- I needed the keycode, but got what you get. Then I removed the shortcut I had set to use these combinations to change workspaces -- that took care of it. Perhaps you use Alt in some Compiz-related shortcut.

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