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Suddenly, I am not able to use any combination of meta keys. The Alt key is not working at all in my emacs. Can anyone help me on this issue?

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A quick workaround is that hitting escape before another key acts as Meta+key_you_pressed. It's better to figure out what's causing the problem but hopefully this helps for the time being. –  Dason Dec 12 '11 at 18:41
    
@Dason Thanks for the comment. It works, but only once. I have to hit escape every time before any Meta command. Weird. I wish I can find what is causing this. –  romanEgloo Dec 12 '11 at 18:54
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Could it be that the terminal window is capturing <key>Alt</key> and attempting to use it to access it's menus (eg: File, Edit, etc..) –  drevicko Mar 2 '12 at 4:16
    
@romanEgloo: If Stephen's answer was helpful to you, then please consider marking it as the accepted answer so others may more easily find it in the future. This is also a polite way to thank the person answering your question for helping you out. –  guntbert Apr 3 at 18:13
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I fixed this in my Ubuntu Terminal app by going in the menu: Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts and deselecting the 'Enable menu access keys (such as Alt+F to open the File menu)'.

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