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EDIT 2 : Ok, at the mod's request, here was the problem. It's much more cleanly stated than in my original post (which was a mess). It probably applies only to people using non-latin layouts.
I use a secondary language layout on my keyboard.
But while I was writing in Kwrite (it's what I was doing at the time, but it applies everywhere else as well) common key-combos such as ctrl+a, ctrl+c, ctrl+v etc didn't work. Nor did alt+shift work, which I had set for layout switching, nor did any of the other 4 or 5 layout switching shortcuts I had set while trying to figure this out. So I had to do everything by mouse-clicking.
However, xkb was configured.
The secondary layout I used was greek-extended, without latin encoding.
The way I see it now is that, while using the greek layout, ctrl+c (or any other special character) is not really ctrl+"c" but instead of "c" there is the greek character "È". Of course the system does not recognise that shortcut and does nothing. To remedy this, I ticked in kxkb the option of including the latin encoding on the greek layout. (I also ticked the handling of special characters in a server. I don't know what that does but it sounded nice and I have a bad tendency of changing many things at the same time).
As far as layout switching is concerned, the first switching seems to have to be done by mouse-click. After that, the shortcut combo works properly, as proved both by typing and the keyboard led indicator. However, the flag indicator in the taskbar of KDE does not always switch along with the layout. So the fact that the indicator doesn't change does not mean the layout doesn't change either.
As I said, it's not anything dazzling in my problem. Just some few practical issues that can occur from using non-latin layouts.
Last edited by scorpion_gr; 01-05-2007 at 04:46 AM.
The reason for my response is because if you had a Linux problem and found a solution that fixed it, we won't want that information to be lost. In other words if your solution has value to you, it could have value to other people as well who might have the same question. Besides, if everyone wiped out their original question and answer, the forums would be filled with threads such as:
Nevermind, figured it out
delete this thread
In any event, thanks for restoring the question and for posting the solution that worked for you