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In the log in (and lock) screen of Ubuntu 11.10 I get annoying warnings that my Num Lock is on. As it is (on my Desktop) totally irrelevant or Num Lock is enabled or not, is there a way to disable this warning?

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It's maybe irrelevant to you, but not to notebook users. – htorque Oct 5 '11 at 11:00
@htorque That's true, updated the question to indicate that it is unnecessary for my Desktop. – Peter Smit Oct 5 '11 at 11:01
See also the following bug in gnome-screensaver: – blueyed Oct 5 '11 at 11:33
There's also this bug:… – agnul Nov 23 '11 at 8:46
Whether desktop or notebook is sort of irrelevant: it's bound to be annoying to some people there should be a way to turn this off, shouldn't have to hack the source code. :O – neuronet Jul 19 at 13:04
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Like the original poster I found this to be slightly annoying. I have checked the code for gnome-screensaver where this is implemented and as far as I can tell it is not configurable. I resorted to editing the source code not to do this and then rebuilding the package. If interested you can the the rebuilt package or a patch you can apply yourself.

To install the package once downloaded, in a shell (terminal window) do:

dpkg -i gnome-screensaver_3.2.0-0ubuntu1local1_amd64.deb

I am not proposing to send the patch upstream as this really is a hack because the rebuilt package is less than ideal for laptops where numlock makes some of the alphabetic keys generate numbers.

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Will this work for 16.04? – neuronet Jul 19 at 13:05

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