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#1 2017-03-03 17:08:49

Nenslo
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Registered: 2017-03-03
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Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Xubuntu recently updated to 16.04, and now when I hit Delete I get a spiffy black popup menu similar to the whisker menu and the applications menu I normally get when I right click on the desktop.  The problem is this binding of the delete key to the popup menu is universal, meaning I can no longer use delete to delete anything. Which kind of defeats the purpose of a delete key, it being for deleting stuff. smile  Looking in the xfce keyboard shortcuts in the settings editor, I cannot find anything for assigning the delete key alone.  Any idea how to alter this so I can go back to deleting with the delete key again?  Thanx.

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#2 2017-03-03 20:30:23

ToZ
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Hello and welcome.

To confirm, can you post back a listing of your current keyboard shortcuts:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts -lv

...as well, can you run this code:

xev | awk -F'[ )]+' '/^KeyPress/ { a[NR+2] } NR in a { printf "%-3s %s\n", $5, $8 }'

...press the delete key and post back the keycode that is being generated? It will be displayed in the terminal window.


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#3 2017-03-04 19:52:42

Nenslo
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Hello Moderator.  Here is shortcut listing:
/commands/custom/<Alt>F1                   xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu
/commands/custom/<Alt>F2                   xfrun4
/commands/custom/<Alt>F3                   xfce4-appfinder
/commands/custom/<Alt>Print                xfce4-screenshooter -w
/commands/custom/override                  true
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>Delete      xflock4
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>Escape      xkill
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>t           exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
/commands/custom/<Primary>Escape           xfce4-popup-whiskermenu
/commands/custom/Print                     xfce4-screenshooter -f
/commands/custom/<Super>1                  gmusicbrowser
/commands/custom/<Super>2                  pidgin
/commands/custom/<Super>3                  abiword
/commands/custom/<Super>4                  gnumeric
/commands/custom/<Super>e                  mousepad
/commands/custom/<Super>f                  exo-open --launch FileManager
/commands/custom/<Super>m                  exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/custom/<Super>p                  xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/custom/<Super>r                  xfce4-appfinder
/commands/custom/<Super>t                  exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
/commands/custom/<Super>w                  exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/custom/XF86Calculator            gnome-calculator
/commands/custom/XF86Display               xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/custom/XF86Explorer              exo-open --launch FileManager
/commands/custom/XF86HomePage              exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/custom/XF86Mail                  exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/custom/XF86Messenger             pidgin
/commands/custom/XF86Music                 gmusicbrowser
/commands/custom/XF86WWW                   exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/default/<Alt>F1                  xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu
/commands/default/<Alt>F2                  xfrun4
/commands/default/<Alt>F2/startup-notify   true
/commands/default/<Alt>F3                  xfce4-appfinder
/commands/default/<Alt>F3/startup-notify   true
/commands/default/<Alt>Print               xfce4-screenshooter -w
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>Delete     xflock4
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>Escape     xkill
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>l          xflock4
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>t          exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
/commands/default/<Primary>Escape          xfce4-popup-whiskermenu
/commands/default/Print                    xfce4-screenshooter -f
/commands/default/<Super>1                 parole
/commands/default/<Super>2                 pidgin
/commands/default/<Super>3                 libreoffice --writer
/commands/default/<Super>4                 libreoffice --calc
/commands/default/<Super>e                 mousepad
/commands/default/<Super>f                 exo-open --launch FileManager
/commands/default/<Super>m                 exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/default/<Super>p                 xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/default/<Super>r                 xfce4-appfinder
/commands/default/<Super>t                 exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
/commands/default/<Super>w                 exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/default/XF86Calculator           gnome-calculator
/commands/default/XF86Display              xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/default/XF86Explorer             exo-open --launch FileManager
/commands/default/XF86HomePage             exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/default/XF86Mail                 exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/default/XF86Messenger            pidgin
/commands/default/XF86Music                parole
/commands/default/XF86WWW                  exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/providers                                 <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>End            move_window_next_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>Home           move_window_prev_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_1           move_window_workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_2           move_window_workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_3           move_window_workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_4           move_window_workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_5           move_window_workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_6           move_window_workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_7           move_window_workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_8           move_window_workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_9           move_window_workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Delete                  del_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F10                     maximize_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F11                     fullscreen_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F12                     above_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F4                      close_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F5                      maximize_horiz_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F6                      maximize_vert_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F7                      maximize_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F8                      stick_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F9                      hide_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Insert                  add_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Shift>Tab              cycle_reverse_windows_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>space                   popup_menu_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Tab                     cycle_windows_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>d              show_desktop_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Down           down_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Left           left_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Right          right_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Up             up_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F1                  workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F10                 workspace_10_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F11                 workspace_11_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F12                 workspace_12_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F2                  workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F3                  workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F4                  workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F5                  workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F6                  workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F7                  workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F8                  workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control>F9                  workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Left    move_window_left_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Right   move_window_right_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Up      move_window_up_key
/xfwm4/custom/Down                         down_key
/xfwm4/custom/Escape                       cancel_key
/xfwm4/custom/Left                         left_key
/xfwm4/custom/override                     true
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>d              show_desktop_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>Down           down_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>End            move_window_next_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>Home           move_window_prev_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_1           move_window_workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_2           move_window_workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_3           move_window_workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_4           move_window_workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_5           move_window_workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_6           move_window_workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_7           move_window_workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_8           move_window_workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>KP_9           move_window_workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>Left           left_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>Right          right_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Alt>Up             up_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F1                  workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F10                 workspace_10_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F11                 workspace_11_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F12                 workspace_12_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F2                  workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F3                  workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F4                  workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F5                  workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F6                  workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F7                  workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F8                  workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary>F9                  workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Left    move_window_left_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Right   move_window_right_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Up      move_window_up_key
/xfwm4/custom/Right                        right_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Shift><Alt>Page_Down        lower_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Shift><Alt>Page_Up          raise_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Super>Tab                   switch_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/Up                           up_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Delete                 del_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F11                    fullscreen_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F12                    above_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F4                     close_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F5                     maximize_horiz_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F6                     maximize_vert_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F7                     maximize_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F8                     stick_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F9                     hide_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Insert                 add_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt><Shift>Tab             cycle_reverse_windows_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>space                  popup_menu_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Tab                    cycle_windows_key
/xfwm4/default/Down                        down_key
/xfwm4/default/Escape                      cancel_key
/xfwm4/default/Left                        left_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>d             show_desktop_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Down          down_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>End           move_window_next_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Home          move_window_prev_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_1          move_window_workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_2          move_window_workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_3          move_window_workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_4          move_window_workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_5          move_window_workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_6          move_window_workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_7          move_window_workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_8          move_window_workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_9          move_window_workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Left          left_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Right         right_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Up            up_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F1                 workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F10                workspace_10_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F11                workspace_11_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F12                workspace_12_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F2                 workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F3                 workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F4                 workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F5                 workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F6                 workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F7                 workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F8                 workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F9                 workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Left   move_window_left_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Right  move_window_right_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Up     move_window_up_key
/xfwm4/default/Right                       right_key
/xfwm4/default/<Shift><Alt>Page_Down       lower_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Shift><Alt>Page_Up         raise_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Super>Tab                  switch_window_key
/xfwm4/default/Up                          up_key

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#4 2017-03-04 20:00:48

Nenslo
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

When I paste the second code into terminal and enter, I get a little event tester window.  When I hit delete, I get the popup menu.  When I hit any other key I get a response like
46  l
47  semicolon
48  apostrophe
in terminal.  So it seems the delete key doesn't even register in the event tester but goes right to the popup menu. I can't even do a screenshot of the menu because it disables Prt Scrn. Thanx for your prompt response and I hope your patience for my ignorance.

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#5 2017-03-04 21:23:51

ToZ
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Try this. Go to a text-based virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+F2), log on and run:

showkey

Press the Delete key and see if you get "keycode 111" press and release events.


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#6 2017-03-05 00:25:48

Nenslo
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Yep, that is what I get.

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#7 2017-03-05 00:46:30

ToZ
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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Then there is something in your X session that is remapping your delete key. What do the following return:

xmodmap

...and:

xmodmap -pke | grep -i delete

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#8 2017-03-05 01:18:04

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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

xmodmap:
shift       Shift_L (0x32),  Shift_R (0x3e)
lock        Caps_Lock (0x42)
control     Control_L (0x25),  Control_R (0x69)
mod1        Alt_L (0x40),  Meta_L (0xcd)
mod2        Num_Lock (0x4d)
mod3     
mod4        Super_L (0x85),  Super_R (0x86),  Super_L (0xce),  Hyper_L (0xcf)
mod5        ISO_Level3_Shift (0x5c),  Mode_switch (0xcb)

And...
xmodmap -pke | grep -i delete

keycode  91 = KP_Delete KP_Decimal KP_Delete KP_Decimal
keycode 119 = Delete NoSymbol Delete

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#9 2017-03-05 10:48:49

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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Does the delete key work properly in the virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+F2)?

Are you running some sort of tool the AutoKey that has the delete key mapped?

Can you try creating another user account on your computer, logging in using that account, and testing whether the issue persists?


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#10 2017-03-05 18:05:24

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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

Delete key works properly in virtual console. The problem doesn't occur in the alternate account, so it may be some software I have installed.  I will look through my list of installed programs and see if there is something that might do that.  I haven't done any keymapping that I think would be a global change like that but things are so complex it is hard to say.  This happened only after I upgraded to the latest Xubuntu so it may be something they slipped in on me.  If you have any suggestions as to what that might be I would love to know them, but I imagine this is getting out of your realm of responsibility.  Thanks a lot for your time and energy on this!

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#11 2017-03-06 17:36:17

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Re: Delete Key popup menu makes delete key useless for deleting

HAH! It's Cairo Dock! I quit it and the problem stopped.  Thanks again for your help in determining what it wasn't.  smile

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