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0006088Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Interface, Building Constructionpublic2012-07-10 15:242020-03-11 21:57
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Ubuntu 12.04 LST
0006088: Alt key doesn't work on Ubuntu
Earlier they used to work, if memory serves, also after my change from Wi 7 to Ubuntu. Now they don't. This covers all shortcuts that use the ALT key. Alt+h acts like H and so on. Other software recognises my ALT just fine.
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has duplicate 0008557resolved Footkerchief ALT button is not registered. 
has duplicate 0008900resolved Knight Otu Pressing alt+key combinations doesn't work on Ubuntu 
has duplicate 0009609resolved Knight Otu Cannot press buttons involving ALT on Ubuntu systems. 
Issue History
2012-07-10 15:24peccanNew Issue
2012-11-01 11:07redditNote Added: 0023701
2012-11-01 15:48DrazinonondaNote Added: 0023702
2012-11-11 05:50TrifNote Added: 0023711
2014-07-08 22:47TV4FunNote Added: 0025253
2014-07-09 15:16DwarfuNote Added: 0025393
2014-07-09 15:16DwarfuAssigned To => Dwarfu
2014-07-09 15:16DwarfuStatusnew => acknowledged
2014-11-16 03:22ToXeyeNote Added: 0031010
2014-11-16 16:33kicking jayNote Added: 0031019
2014-11-17 07:18FootkerchiefSummaryItem shortcuts with ALT don't work => Alt key doesn't work on Ubuntu
2014-11-17 07:18FootkerchiefRelationship addedhas duplicate 0008557
2014-11-17 07:18FootkerchiefIssue Monitored: ToXeye
2014-11-18 08:18ToXeyeNote Added: 0031052
2015-02-17 10:45lethosorNote Added: 0032241
2015-02-17 10:46lethosorStatusacknowledged => needs feedback
2015-04-04 08:06Knight OtuRelationship addedhas duplicate 0008900
2015-04-04 08:09Knight OtuNote Added: 0032506
2015-04-06 13:45DetrosNote Added: 0032541
2015-04-06 16:01lethosorNote Added: 0032542
2016-03-04 04:45Knight OtuRelationship addedhas duplicate 0009609
2016-03-13 07:32SEMNote Added: 0034835
2016-03-21 05:05ev1l0rdNote Added: 0034891
2020-03-11 21:57risusinfNote Added: 0040356

2012-11-01 11:07   
I also have this issue on my Ubuntu Netbook when playing adventurer mode.
2012-11-01 15:48   
I play on Unbuntu 12.04 and have this problem in windowed mode, but it works fine in fullscreen. I think it might be an OS problem.
2012-11-11 05:50   
I use Kubuntu 12.04, and there are no problems at all. Maybe only Gnome is affected.
2014-07-08 22:47   
Verified, this bug still exists in Ubuntu 14.04/Unity with DF 0.40.01
2014-07-09 15:16   
Thanks for the update, TV4Fun.
2014-11-16 03:22   
I also get this, and similar bugs where the keyboard locks up in one direction on the keypads so that you either go one way or the other, or jigger back and forth.
kicking jay   
2014-11-16 16:33   
Can confirm. Ubuntu alt keys don't work with DF; I remapped everything to use shift or ctrl.
2014-11-18 08:18   
I can confirm this too, but I fixed it by installing XUbuntu instead of the ordinary Ubuntu.
2015-02-17 10:45   
Is it possible that this has anything to do with Quickfort?
Knight Otu   
2015-04-04 08:09   
If you are affected by this, are you using Ubuntu Unity, or Gnome Panel?
2015-04-06 13:45   
Ubuntu 14.04 32b with Gnome, DF 0.40.24, and Alt seems to work, both in fullscreen and windowed mode. Blame Ubuntu Unity then, I guess.
2015-04-06 16:01   
Out of curiosity, do DFHack keybindings with Alt work (i.e. ones in dfhack.init, like Alt-F1 or Alt-L in the [k] view)?
2016-03-13 07:32   
Since this has just come up again it might be worth trying

http://askubuntu.com/questions/122209/how-do-i-modify-or-disable-the-huds-use-of-the-alt-key [^]
2016-03-21 05:05   
@lethosor They don't. I tried workflow, and it doesn't register unless I go into the dfhack console and type gui/workflow .

@SEM That was the same solution I found. It works.
2020-03-11 21:57   
Cannot send ctrl/alt combinations on ubuntu 18.04, using plain openbox with lxpanel.