I have a customized layout, but it keeps (what seems to be randomly) changing to default, I am not sure what I need to do more:

// cat .profile
setxkbmap -layout fr2

denis:~ $ uname -r

denis:~ $ cat /etc/os-release 
NAME="Linux Mint"
VERSION="18.3 (Sylvia)"
PRETTY_NAME="Linux Mint 18.3"

  • A layout of what: Windows, icons, cuddly toys? Feb 21, 2020 at 10:49
  • what? xkb is about keyboard
    – dgan
    Feb 21, 2020 at 20:31
  • @mosvy thinks for the edit, it makes sense now, that you have put xkb in the title. Feb 22, 2020 at 10:19

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Several distros are having this problem. Create a .desktop file with the setxkbmap code and put it in ~/.config/autostart/. To keep the configuration, use this command.

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.keyboard active false

If the command won't work, others have reported using something other than ibus or disable any screen locking that might reload the default layout.

  • thank you, i ll try this out
    – dgan
    Feb 21, 2020 at 20:32
  • Ok well, for future reference, this is not enough
    – dgan
    Apr 6, 2020 at 8:10
  • It depends on the compositor you're using. Or go back to using X instead of Wayland, which can't handle keymaps. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/309580/…
    – hellork
    Apr 7, 2020 at 22:31
  • I am not under Wayland, and never was..
    – dgan
    Apr 8, 2020 at 9:36
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    Changed from Cinnamon to MATE, which doesnt have this problem. Not a fix, but works for me lol
    – dgan
    Apr 23, 2020 at 16:07

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