Ubuntu – Why did 13.10 break the custom keyboard layout


I was using a custom keyboard layout. Basically I modified the us-mac layout to fit my ideal of a math-heavy version of the regular us layout that also throws German umlauts into mix. It went well and worked marvelously for 6 consecutive versions of Ubuntu. Today's version Upgrade (from 13.04 to 13.10) broke that streak. I now have the usual crappy Macintosh-Layout.

Now xkb just ignores my layout and all of the other changes I make in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us (tried to switch '0' and '9' everywhere and rebooted – no effect). Why is that?

I suspect I have to do an extra step now for the changes to take effect or something like that. Anyone care to point me in the right direction?

Best Answer

I had the same problem and found sudo dpkg-reconfigure xkb-data will make the changes take effect.

No logout needed if you have enabled multiple layouts; just change the layout once.

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