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Cannot use F4 for guake in gnome-shell

asked 2017-01-02 12:20:54 -0500

akiross gravatar image

updated 2017-01-02 12:28:02 -0500

On my previous computer, running Fedora 24, I used F4 to open Guake, the drop-down terminal, and everything was running smoothly. I now replaced the laptop and I am using Fedora 25. The problem is: I'm having multiple issues binding F4 to Guake.

First off: on the F4 key there is no a secondary function (fn+*) associated.

Until this morning, I had some issues using F4: if I configured guake to use F4 to open the terminal, it would not work. So I created a global shortcut from gnome settings -> keyboard, so that the command "guake" was run every time that F4 was pressed. I disabled the in-guake shortcut and used the global one, and that worked rather well (with few glitches, but it was Ok).

Now, everything stopped working. F4 is basically not working anymore in gnome: if I run xev and press F4, nothing happens, and I cannot even configure guake to use it as a shortcut. But the key is not broken, because I configured guake to use Super+F4 as a shortcut and it works perfectly.

So, it is like F4 alone is ignored for some reason, but I cannot understand what is going on.

Any hint on how to detect the problem?


Now, after a reboot, I am experiencing issues with Super+F4 as well. F4 seems to work with xev but Super+F4 doesn't. Moreover, guake will not open with Super+F4 when some windows are open, but will open when others windows are open.

For example, if Firefox window has the focus, pressing Super+F4 will open guake. When Files has focus or when there are no windows open, Super+F4 will not work at all.

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answered 2017-01-09 06:37:59 -0500

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Apparently, that's an issue of Guake with Wayland. Find details here:

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