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Old 01-30-2021, 06:19 AM   #1
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Space bar key does no longer produce space character on screen


After a software/OS update my spacebar does not work anymore.
This also applies to the on screen keyboard, so it is not a hardware issue.
It happens in all applications. yesthat'swhatitlookslike ;-)
I tried downgrading some packages again, but could not find the right one.
Any helpful idas?
Thank you!

hillflyer

System: Linux Mint Tricia 19.3 Kernel: 5.4.0-64-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0
Desktop: MATE 1.22.2
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine: Type: Laptop LENOVO ThinkPad T520 with UltraNav trackpad
 
Old 01-30-2021, 11:23 AM   #2
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Hello, hillflyer & welcome to LQ.

Here's the standard thing about posting questions How_To_Ask_a_Question

Now, about your question. Borrow another keyboard and try with that. I can more easily imagine your spacebar going dodgy than I can imagine a software fault causing that not to print, and everything else be ok. Also, try it in various places and slowly.
 
Old 01-30-2021, 01:43 PM   #3
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I don't think it's hardware related since the virtual on screen keyboard produces the same error. Actually I can see the text cursor kind of twitching when I press the space bar, it just does not insert the desired space character.
Could it be related to the Ultra Nav touchpad driver?
 
Old 01-31-2021, 02:04 AM   #4
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Have you changed fonts?
Does the same happen in a code editor with a monospaced font?
 
Old 01-31-2021, 05:10 AM   #5
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As it happens with both a keyboard & an on screen keyboard, I would think it is a bad keyboard layout file in Ubuntu/Mint.
 
Old 01-31-2021, 09:45 AM   #6
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1. Run the command xev in a terminal and see what happens when you press space. The output should include
Code:
state 0x0, keycode 65 (keysym 0x20, space), same_screen YES
if the key is working.

2. Press Ctrl Alt F2. That will open a virtual terminal at which you will be invited to log-in. If space works there, then it's not your keyboard. To get back, use Ctrl Alt F7.
 
Old 01-31-2021, 03:10 PM   #7
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OK, this is weird: The key is working now. But I don't know WHY.
I suspect the iBus keyboard utility/driver or layout as fatmac suggested.
@ondoho: it happened everywhere also command line.
@DavidMcCann: Yes it outputsd keycode 65 now. Thanks for the XEV command and the seriously cool shortcuts!
So: THANKS guys! You made my day!
hillflyer
 
Old 02-01-2021, 02:16 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hillflyer View Post
OK, this is weird: The key is working now. But I don't know WHY.
I suspect the iBus keyboard utility/driver or layout as fatmac suggested.
@ondoho: it happened everywhere also command line.
@DavidMcCann: Yes it outputsd keycode 65 now. Thanks for the XEV command and the seriously cool shortcuts!
So: THANKS guys! You made my day!
hillflyer
What DavidCann requested was not a solution, just more troubleshooting.
How did it go?
 
  


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