In particular when I type the following keyboard combo:

<hold shift> [ <release shift> <enter>

I get dumped out of KDE and see a flash of some console output but I can't find it in any log.

I'm running Fedora 15 (upgrading is hard).

Does anyone have any ideas?

update: This occurs across applications. In Intellij IDE, in the terminal.

update: It also happens when I type = <hold shift> 2 <release shift>

update: After a bit of digging I can see in /var/log/messages that it's dumped some info to /var/spool/abrt/ccpp-2012-07-20-10:50:21-1395 and within that it tells me that /usr/bin/Xorg was sent a SIGABRT.

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    What program has the focus when you type this? – camh Aug 15 '12 at 12:55
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    Check /var/log/Xorg.*.log, /var/log/syslog, /var/log/messages, and the output of the dmesg command. – Jim Paris Aug 15 '12 at 15:54
  • Look in your Xorg.log file (probably Xorg.0.log) i tried to reproduce it and i enabled slowkeys per accident. – Ulrich Dangel Aug 15 '12 at 16:09
  • Hm. You can send SIGABRT to an application using Ctrl-\ normally… never seen it with Shift-[… but maybe something had a key “hung” (I’m seeing that sometimes when I switch virtual workspaces with the keyboard, and one of the applications in focus on the source or destination workspace is VNC, SDL or a VM.) – mirabilos Dec 6 '13 at 13:37
  • Can you provide output of stty -a? – mik Jan 23 '17 at 19:44

Fedora 15 has reached EOL years ago. Many years ago.

As of 26 June 2012, Fedora 15 has reached its end of life for updates and support. No further updates, including security updates, will be available for Fedora 15

The bug that is affecting you has been probably been resolved in those (almost) 6 years. Probably the core code for that functionality has been rewritten entirely. Hell, linux ffor desktop was pretty crappy back then, even more Fedora

You are beyond upgrading. Reinstall a modern linux distro

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