[Bf-committers] ubuntu unity alt key

pazul at telenet.be pazul at telenet.be
Thu Jan 31 18:30:28 CET 2013

Hi all, 

Since Ubuntu unity apparently uses around 64! keyboard shortcuts (and i prb missed some) and blender itself also is kb hungry --and-- in conflict with unity, Shinsuke Irie and myself have been trying to resolve this issue on blender's side with no luck. Irie reported this to the unity dev's and it was accepted as a bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/1108064). Because there is no guarantee that this will be resolved on their side (if ever) before the next release the only solution in my mind is to disable some of the shortcuts unity uses and thus let blender work as expected (ctl-alt-numpad0, alt-A, alt-H, alt-I, etc). The following describes what i did to make blender and unity "behave". 

install ccsm (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager) 
run ccsm 
in filter textbox -> enter "ubuntu" -> select "Ubuntu Unity Plugin" on the right 
click on button labeled <Alt> (Key to show the HUD) 
uncheck enabled and click OK 
on the left click "Back" button 
in filter textbox -> enter "general options" -> select "General Options" on the right 
click "Key Bindings" tab and click "<Contol><Primary><Alt>KP0" button (the Minimize Windows entry) 
uncheck enabled and click OK 
close ccsm 

Now blender shortcuts should work as expected and the impact on unity behaviour is minimal in my mind. 

If anybody knows of additional unity/compiz settings that interfere with blender please report them. 

I posted this here instead of BA because i think it might be a good idea to communicate this on http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/ since without these ccsm settings blender is in effect useless on unity. 

best regards, 

Patrick Zulke 

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