For a small automation process I am using xdotool because I need my script to ssh into a virtual machine and execute commands there. After upgrading Ubuntu to 13.10, it seems like xdotool can't type y correctly anymore. Even a simple

xdotool type --clearmodifiers "y"

leads to being typed. It seems to work just fine for characters other than y. I tried un- and reinstalling xdotool, but no success. Any ideas or suggestions on how to fix this?

I have xdotool with version 3.20130505.1 and am using a Dell Latitude E6530 with Ubuntu 13.10.

Edit: Output of gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.input-sources:

org.gnome.desktop.input-sources current uint32 0
org.gnome.desktop.input-sources per-window false
org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources false
org.gnome.desktop.input-sources sources [('xkb', 'de')]
org.gnome.desktop.input-sources xkb-options @as []
  • Works for me. Ubuntu 13.10. Let's see anyone else has same result. – DK Bose Feb 18 '14 at 8:35
  • Have you tried any other desktop than Unity? – user.dz Feb 18 '14 at 10:57
  • @DKBose Which version does your xdotool have? Mine is 3.20130505.1. – Ingo Bürk Feb 18 '14 at 11:10
  • @Sneetsher No, I only tried it on this laptop. Since DK Bose tried it, apparently it's not a "everyone has it" problem. – Ingo Bürk Feb 18 '14 at 11:10
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    Something I noticed: If I switch to the English (rather than German) keyboard layout, it types both y and z just fine. Maybe this is a layout problem? However, the map Ubuntu shows for the German layout is fine… – Ingo Bürk Feb 18 '14 at 11:48

After determining that it's likely an issue with my German keyboard layout, I found this post with the recommendation to run

setxkbmap de

This seems to have fixed the issue for now.

  • Does it work well? As I experienced before setxkbmap doesn't work well with Unity layout switching (in Ubuntu 13.10/14.04). One of them will stop working. – user.dz Feb 18 '14 at 12:55
  • It keeps working if I switch to English, but it stops working when switching back to German until I execute the command again. I caveat I can live with, I don't really ever switch layouts. If there's a better solution I definitely would like to know about it. :) – Ingo Bürk Feb 18 '14 at 14:04
  • May the best thing available is to define layout toggle shortcut using setxkbmap and avoid using Unity ones (shortcuts or indicator). Example: setxkbmap de,us -option grp:alt_shift_toggle . To see all list of possible toggle combination more /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/xorg.lst | grep grp: . Another point if you want to use right or left ctrl or any key which have two see askubuntu.com/questions/414269/… you may need to modify /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc . Please, would you update answer after you tested it. – user.dz Feb 18 '14 at 14:23
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    Since I don't really ever switch layouts this seems unnecessary for me, I just added the setxkbmap command to my automated script. Although it's useful information for people with the same problem. – Ingo Bürk Feb 18 '14 at 14:52

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