I updated my Ubuntu 16.04 system this morning as follows:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
$ sudo apt autoremove

After a reboot, I found that the "hold-to-repeat" keyboard functionality stopped working for all keys. For example, holding Backspace deletes 1 to 5 letters and then stops instead of continuing to the key's release.

Also, basic functionality of my Synaptics touchpad suddenly disappeared, including "tap to click" and "two-finger scrolling."

Both of these features are enabled under system settings.

Could apt autoremove be responsible for this?

The situation here is the most similar, but none of the solutions worked for me.

1 Answer 1


The problem is in the kernel, use an older version, clicking "Esc" at system boot and going to "Advanced Options" and then select the previous kernel.

(Sorry, my English is still bad).

  • Switching to an earlier kernel fixed it! I'll have to submit a bug report on this.
    – cp289
    Jan 12, 2018 at 16:14
  • @cp289 Could you please provide the link to the bug, if you reported it :) Nov 8, 2018 at 8:51
  • @KasunSiyambalapitiya Unfortunately, I switched to Arch Linux and the bug report expired a while ago.
    – cp289
    Nov 15, 2018 at 15:44

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