Something in my Ubuntu 16.04 broke with my keyboard text input. In input fields of different programs (firefox, thunderbird, sublime), the keyboard input changes to something unknown the moment I use the shift key or a letter key.

Only the following keys return a letter when pressing the keys of the qwertz (german) keyboard:


If I switch the application, or press "control+o" in sublime, I somehow get back to the normal "de" language settings. But if I again use shift, it breaks again and returns the garbage you see above.

System: Dell XPS Developer Edition (9360) with Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS

Here a screenshot of the text-related UI of Ubuntu & a bit of dmesg.

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Any ideas?


Firstly try this command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

If it doesn't work permanently, try this solution.

  • Thanks, I tried it, it did not work. But it seems to go deeper. I saw that not every application does have this problem (e.g. chromium). My guess is that something in the OS got messed up and before I fixed it, some applications I used during that time got mixed up. Those applications I did not start with the OS fixed do not seem to show the problems. Once I am certain what the problem is, I will write a reply.
    – np00
    Mar 31 '19 at 6:21

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