I try to investigate a problem: Depending on the way I launch aterm or gnome-terminal, the window may or may not be responsive to keyboard events.

The cause of the problem may reside in Aterm, Fluxbox, or Ubuntu 14.04: I'm searching a general linux way to investigate my problem.

In my fluxbox keys file I have a line:

Mod4 C :Exec aterm

This creates a keyboard short-cut for the combination SuperC that launches aterm.

Problem: the aterm windows that is created is (19 times out of 20) unresponsive to keyboard events: I cannot use the command line, no character is input, and also I cannot get contextual menu for the window with AltSpace whereas I can with right click button. As if no XWindow keyboard message could reach this window.

Same problem if I launch aterm from a guake terminal.

But I never have the problem if I launch aterm from an xterm window.

What is strange:

  • There's no problem with xterm. If I launch xterm by the keyboard shortcut or by guake: the xterm windows is naturally receiving keyboard events and works just like expected.
  • aterm was working perfectly with the system Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.10
  • the aterm version and the fluxbox version is the same between Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04 (where I have the problem): aterm 1.00.01 and fluxbox 1.3.5

I have no idea how to investigate the problem, where to start ?

  • what verbose logs should I check ?
  • what app could I use to give me an hint on what goes wrong ?
  • how to find if it is an xwindow, fluxbox, aterm, or ubuntu bug/problem ?

(As a side note, I want/would like to keep using aterm, because of its native support for transparency)

1 Answer 1


I solved the problem :

  • creating a excutable script ~/default_terminal.sh which code is calling gnome-terminal for example
  • calling this script inside my .fluxbox/keys and .fluxbox/menu configuration file.

Don't what was wrong in the end. It's ok with this trick.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .