I've installed MATE under Arch Linux. I've a problem with the shortcuts.

A lot of the shortcuts doesn't work so I tried to change them.

When I'm trying to reassign the shortcut I go to Settings -> Keyboard Shortcuts, clicking the row I want to change and pressing the shortcut.

The problem is, when I press CTRL then ALT then L the command becomes: CTRL + L

If I change the order the buttons i press down the keys to ALT + CTRL + L the result is: ALT + L

So it looks like MATE only takes one of CTRL and ALT, the first one down, and not both of them as I want.

Does anyone have an idea why this could be?

It's not a new installation of Arch, but it is a new installation of MATE and Xorg.

  • Hmm. I just tested this under my installation of arch and mate (fully -Syu'd as of yesterday) and it works for me. Did you try both (right and left) of your CTRL/ALT keys? Could it be a keyboard failure?
    – hanetzer
    Aug 3, 2014 at 18:18
  • Hi, It's the same if I using the right CTRL. I just tested installing GNOME 3 and there it worked, so it looks like there is a setting or other software issue in MATE. I Syu'd my Arch before installing MATE so it should be up to date. Aug 3, 2014 at 18:22
  • Dunno then, but that's my two cents :P
    – hanetzer
    Aug 3, 2014 at 18:25

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I just found it.

I use CTRL + ALT to switch keyboard layouts. If I change that to something else, then all of the CTRL + ALT shortcuts work as they should.

Must be a bug then.

  • Ah, like ibus or another input method editor? I typically use Super+Space, which is why I never ran into this issue.
    – hanetzer
    Aug 3, 2014 at 21:22

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