Ubuntu keyboard layout switches randomly

You are typing in Ubuntu and suddenly your keyboard layout starts switching randomly all by itself. You press a key and watch it spitting out different characters on auto-repeat, as the layout switches several times per second.

Reboot, logging out and in helps. Sometimes the problem is gone after you leave the computer alone on its own for few minutes.

Well, they say, that killing gnome-settings-daemon may solve the problem.

Just do:

  • sudo killall gnome-settings-daemon

followed after a while by:

  • sudo /usr/bin/gnome-settings-daemon

Note: For reasons unknown restarting of the gnome-settings-daemon is not always fully successfull (looks are restored partially) all fails altogether (looks are not restored at all), in the current session.

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