I use Ubuntu 18.04 bionic, and I use us(alt-intl) as a keyboard layout for Latin script, because sometimes I need type multilingual texts. Today I got very strange bug: now I cannot use the sign ' (apostrophe). When I press the key <AC11> assigned to apostrophe, I get nothing. When I press space key after that, I get space. When I press <AC11> + e.g. "a", I get "a", not "á". When I press SHIFT + <AC11>, I also get nothing. So, I can't type " (quotation mark) too.

The website keycode.info tells (pressing <AC11>): 222, event.key Dead, event.location 0 (General keys), event.which(deprecated) 222, event.code Quote

My /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose has such a rows (nothing abnormal):

# Spacing versions of dead accents
<dead_acute> <space>                    : "'"   apostrophe # APOSTROPHE
<dead_acute> <dead_acute>               : "´"   acute # ACUTE ACCENT
<Multi_key> <apostrophe> <apostrophe>   : "´"   acute # ACUTE ACCENT

In addition, when I use AltGr typing with us(alt-intl), it also doesn't work, but when I type Cyrillic texts with ru(udm), AltGr works normally.

Any advices, please.


<AC11> followed by A results in á for me with that layout.

Bug #1573755 comes to mind. For test purposes I suggest that you create an additional user, log in as that user, and find out if the issue is still present.

  • Thanks Gunnar, the link you provided was very useful. I have solved my problem using 'ibus-setup' and 'im-config'. I don't fully understand what I did, but now all works. I suspect that the problem was concerned with concurrence between input methods.
    – udmnews
    Jun 10 '20 at 21:49
  • @udmnews: Ah, good. Possibly you had XIM enabled and switched to IBus. Doing so proved to solve the problem for some users who have commented on that bug report. Jun 10 '20 at 22:32
  • Thanks again. I've browsed a few old related topics here, e.g. this one [askubuntu.com/questions/88877/…. Traces of iBus are evident :-)
    – udmnews
    Jun 11 '20 at 10:43
  • @udmnews: Nah, that question is about something else I think. But if you open the Language Support tool, you can easily see which "Keyboard input method system" you have selected. Jun 11 '20 at 11:09
  • Yes, of course. But there was no need to check that parameter for many years :)
    – udmnews
    Jun 11 '20 at 11:22

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