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Since I installed to KDE 4.4.x I lost any "global accelerator" facility, including Alt-Tab, Alt-F1 and Ctrl-F1-F4 which of course renders the whole experience a lot… slower.

Upgrading later to KDE 4.5.5 didn't help either.

I'm running FreeBSD 8.1/amd64 and, as far as I can see, kglobalaccel is working:

% qdbus org.kde.kglobalaccel /component/kwin org.kde.kglobalaccel.Component.isActive

Any idea what else I could check to debug the issue?

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Whoops, I only noticed a duplicate after posting this question, but that doesn't have a solution either: – lapo Jan 12 '11 at 15:33
Let's see if any KDE guru can help… – lapo Jan 18 '11 at 15:35
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I found the culprit by bisection on configuration files under ~/.kde4/share/config (removing half of them, then one quarter…) and the culprit was an old patch I forgot to have applied.

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What was the patch? – qdot Nov 20 '11 at 14:06
I don't remember exactly, but it was related to supporting the media keys on my Apple Aluminium USB keyboard (and no, it didn't work, because with the current FreeBSD driver the extra key don't even generate a low-level event). – lapo Nov 22 '11 at 11:00
Hm. That's odd, but I guess I'd need to try this approach as well - it just happened on it's own after some upgrade – qdot Nov 22 '11 at 20:47

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