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I have two xkb layouts, and use Alt+Shift to toggle between them:

setxkbmap "fr,us" -option grp:alt_shift_toggle

However, when I press a shorcut which contains Alt+Shift, the shortcut isn't taken into account, and instead the layout switches. For example Alt+Shift+Left (which selects code to the matching closing paren in some editors), or Alt+Shift+% (which is search and replace in emacs, the % needing Shift on French keyboards).

This was not the case with XUbuntu 14.04 I think, but I switched to NixOs, and I now have this issue.

How can I configure setxkbmap so that it switches layouts only when Alt+Shift is not part of a shortcut, i.e. upon releasing the keys and only if there wasn't another key pressed at the same time?

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This is a known limitation in xkb. sxhkd would be a better solution and gives you better control.

Add this to sxhkdrc:

Shift_L + Alt_L
    setxkbmap -query | grep -q 'fr' && setxkbmap us || setxkbmap fr,us
Shift_R + Alt_R
    setxkbmap -query | grep -q 'fr' && setxkbmap us || setxkbmap fr,us

Note that for some reason, alt must be pressed before shift to be detected by sxhkd.

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