I'm on Xubuntu 12.04. I use Hebrew as well as English US.

When I installed Xubuntu I added Hebrew via the Keyboard Layout settings and set ALT-SHIFT as the change layout shortcut. In both cases when I've installed Xubuntu, this worked well and no issues.

After everything worked fine on this laptop, it all of a sudden started to misbehave. Every time I restart, the Keyboard Layout settings revert to only US and the change layout shortcut is forgotten. I re-add the language and update the change layout shortcut and it forgets it again after reboot.

I don't believe I've changed anything, but I must have (or an update caused it?).

Where is the keyboard layout configuration saved?


You can access your keyboard layout settings using dconf-editor. Start it from Dash, navigate to org → gnome → libgnomekbd → keyboard and select the layout key. Here is my dconf window:

dconf window

As you can see, I use Russian layout along with English. Also, options key holds switching combination. I suppose you should set these keys to ['us', 'il'] and ['grp\tgrp:lalt_lshift_toggle'] correspondingly.

  • Looks like this solved it! – Yon Jul 24 '13 at 15:13
  • Now it started happening again! I did an update of Ubuntu, maybe it overruns it? – Yon Jul 29 '13 at 15:36
  • Yes, may be. Do settings in Keyboard Layout survive reboot now? – Danatela Jul 30 '13 at 6:01
  • Yes. Very annoying behavior – Yon Aug 4 '13 at 1:32
  • I am not sure it's related, but consider tracking this bug: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-settings-daemon/+bug/… – Rmano Mar 7 '14 at 3:08

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