I am trying to play DF adventure mode, and when I press ALT + (Direction) to navigate dangerous terrain, it does not register the action.

I have tried disabling the key through the Settings->Keyboard->Shortcuts->Launcher menu, but it does nothing. It shows the key as disable, yet I still do not have access to the ALT key within DF.

I cannot find any other fixes anywhere.

Does anyone have any advice?


Install an alternate terminal emulator (such as gnome-terminal) and run Dwarf Fortress in that.


sudo apt-get install gnome-terminal

Launch terminal:


From the new gnome terminal window start Dwarf Fortress

cd my_video_games/df_linux

I had encountered this same problem when trying to run Dwarf Fortress with xterm in Debian Jessie. These were the steps I took to resolve the issue.

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