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Old 04-22-2009, 09:30 AM   #1
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The "Log out" and "Lock screen" actions cannot be executed through keyboard shortcuts


Debian release 5.0.1 (lenny)
Kernel Linux 2.6.26-1-686
GNOME 2.22.3


Used netinst feature with expert graphical procedure to install OS without any proprietary firmware, drivers, software on three systems.

Using stable repositories with lenny main, updates, and volatile enabled.

I have not seen the problem in the GNOME desktops on MEPIS, Mint, or Ubuntu on any of these computers.


The keyboard shortcuts for "Lock screen" (Ctrl+Alt+L) and "Log out" (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) stopped working on just one of the three systems about a week after OS installation. It is a laptop (Dell Precision M70). The problem persists whether I configure the keyboard to be the Precision M series or a standard 104 key PC keyboard.

Testing has proved that I can apparently assign any available key combination to these two actions, but the shortcuts so assigned never work.

Testing has also proved that I can assign the two key combinations (Ctrl+Alt+L and Ctrl+Alt+Delete) to other actions, and invoking the key combinations will cause those other actions to be carried out.


Obviously this is not exactly a show-stopper, but I am curious. I'd like to understand what's going on here. Can anyone tell me where to look to solve this little mystery? I can see in gconf-editor that the shortcut assignments I make in the Keyboard Shortcuts applet are applied instantly. I don't know where to go from here to find out why the actions aren't executed when they are called by the shortcuts.


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