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What is stealing my keypress combination?

asked 2018-06-14 15:27:14 -0500

As described at https://superuser.com/questions/13312...

Fedora Linux 28: Something is stealing certain key combinations. When I visit http://en.key-test.ru/ I can activate CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-q (and CTRL-SHIFT-ALT + most other keys) but not CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-d

I have tried in both Firefox and in Chrome. The problem exists in both Gnome, Gnome Classic and KDE.

I went through my keyboard shortcuts, and there are no shortcuts defined for CTRL-SHIFT-ALT d. I can temporarily make CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-d activate an application; so keystrokes are getting through to some parts of the desktop.

When I run xev, I see the following when pressing CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-d:

KeyPress event, serial 34, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001,
    root 0x2ac, subw 0x3200002, time 2322960, (53,48), root:(1015,177),
    state 0x10, keycode 37 (keysym 0xffe3, Control_L), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyPress event, serial 37, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001,
    root 0x2ac, subw 0x3200002, time 2326560, (53,48), root:(1015,177),
    state 0x14, keycode 50 (keysym 0xffe1, Shift_L), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyPress event, serial 37, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001,
    root 0x2ac, subw 0x3200002, time 2328408, (53,48), root:(1015,177),
    state 0x15, keycode 64 (keysym 0xffe7, Meta_L), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes: 
    XFilterEvent returns: False

FocusOut event, serial 37, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001,
    mode NotifyGrab, detail NotifyAncestor

FocusIn event, serial 37, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001,
    mode NotifyUngrab, detail NotifyAncestor

KeymapNotify event, serial 37, synthetic NO, window 0x0,
    keys:  4294967212 0   0   0   32  0   4   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   
           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0

If I run CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-q, i don't see the FocusOut/FocusIn/KeymapNotify events.

How do I find out what is stealing/modifying my key presses?

A co-worker of mine has seen the same phenomenon when using Ubuntu. I cannot reproduce the problem in CentOS 7.5.

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answered 2018-06-15 07:43:55 -0500

It turned out to be Skype: When I quit Skype (verifying that no skypeforlinux processes were still running in the background), CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-d was not longer being stolen. See https://superuser.com/questions/1331249/linux-what-is-stealing-my-keypress-combination for details, including a useful hint about the xlsclients tool, which may be run with "-al" parameters for more detail (which was needed in this case).

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