Overview stopped working again - cannot open with Meta key

Looks like this issue has happened again. I was messing about trying to create a new bridged networking for my VM. Something happened with reboot and it got stuck. I reset the PC. Rebooted, keyboard didn’t register any typing. Rebooted. Now I was able to login just fine. Only thing I see not working is the Meta key not launching Overview.

Here’s my usual:

  Kernel: 6.6.34-1-lts arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 14.1.1
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 6.1.0 tk: Qt v: N/A wm: kwin_wayland dm: SDDM
    Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: B550M-ITX/ac serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: L2.62 date: 01/31/2023
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech MX Keys Wireless Keyboard
    serial: <filter> charge: 100% (should be ignored) status: discharging
  Info: 8-core model: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G with Radeon Graphics bits: 64
    type: MT MCP arch: Zen 3 rev: 0 cache: L1: 512 KiB L2: 4 MiB L3: 16 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1042 high: 3939 min/max: 400/4673 cores: 1: 3764 2: 400
    3: 400 4: 400 5: 3939 6: 400 7: 400 8: 400 9: 400 10: 400 11: 400 12: 3774
    13: 400 14: 400 15: 400 16: 400 bogomips: 121423
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Device-1: AMD Navi 21 [Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT / 6900 XT] vendor: Sapphire
    driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: RDNA-2 pcie: speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports:
    active: none off: HDMI-A-2 empty: DP-3,DP-4,DP-5 bus-ID: 03:00.0
    chip-ID: 1002:73bf
  Device-2: AMD Cezanne [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Mobile Series]
    driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: GCN-5 pcie: speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports:
    active: DP-1 empty: DP-2,HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 09:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1638
    temp: 36.0 C
  Display: wayland server: X.org v: with: Xwayland v: 24.1.0
    compositor: kwin_wayland driver: X: loaded: amdgpu dri: radeonsi
    gpu: amdgpu,amdgpu display-ID: 0
  Monitor-1: DP-1 res: 3440x1440 size: N/A
  API: EGL v: 1.5 platforms: device: 0 drv: radeonsi device: 1 drv: radeonsi
    device: 2 drv: swrast gbm: drv: kms_swrast surfaceless: drv: radeonsi
    wayland: drv: radeonsi x11: drv: radeonsi
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: amd mesa v: 24.1.1-arch1.1
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: AMD Radeon Graphics (radeonsi
    renoir LLVM 17.0.6 DRM 3.54 6.6.34-1-lts) device-ID: 1002:1638
    display-ID: :1.0
  API: Vulkan v: 1.3.279 surfaces: xcb,xlib,wayland device: 0
    type: discrete-gpu driver: mesa radv device-ID: 1002:73bf device: 1
    type: integrated-gpu driver: mesa radv device-ID: 1002:1638
  Device-1: AMD Navi 21/23 HDMI/DP Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie:
    speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 03:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:ab28
  Device-2: AMD Renoir Radeon High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 09:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1637
  Device-3: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: ASRock driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 09:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3
  Device-4: SteelSeries ApS Arctis Pro Wireless
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid type: USB rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s
    lanes: 1 bus-ID: 3-2.3:5 chip-ID: 1038:1294
  API: ALSA v: k6.6.34-1-lts status: kernel-api
  Server-1: PipeWire v: 1.0.7 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
    status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
    4: pw-jack type: plugin
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8211/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: ASRock driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1
    port: e000 bus-ID: 06:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
  IF: enp6s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168NGW [Stone Peak] driver: iwlwifi
    v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 07:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24fb
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: br0 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-2: vnet0 state: unknown speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel Wireless-AC 3168 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
    rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 1-9:8 chip-ID: 8087:0aa7
  Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 4.2
    lmp-v: 8
  Local Storage: total: 4.49 TiB used: 2.94 TiB (65.5%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: A-Data model: SX8200PNP size: 476.94 GiB
    speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: <filter> temp: 33.9 C
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter>
  ID-3: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 840 PRO Series size: 119.24 GiB
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter>
  ID-4: /dev/sdc vendor: A-Data model: SU800 size: 1.86 TiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    serial: <filter>
  ID-5: /dev/sdd vendor: Kingston model: SNV2S2000G size: 1.82 TiB type: USB
    rev: 2.1 spd: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 serial: <filter>
  ID-1: / size: 40.04 GiB used: 30 GiB (74.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  ID-2: /home size: 436.4 GiB used: 364.18 GiB (83.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3
  ID-3: /var/log size: 40.04 GiB used: 30 GiB (74.9%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): fan-1: 498 fan-2: 4231 fan-3: 1072 fan-4: 0 fan-5: 0
  GPU: device: amdgpu temp: 36.0 C device: amdgpu temp: 34.0 C mem: 34.0 C
    fan: 1197
  Memory: total: 32 GiB note: est. available: 30.72 GiB used: 23.8 GiB (77.5%)
  Processes: 509 Power: uptime: 30m wakeups: 0 Init: systemd v: 256
    default: graphical
  Packages: 1991 pm: pacman pkgs: 1971 pm: flatpak pkgs: 20 Compilers:
    clang: 17.0.6 gcc: 14.1.1 Shell: Bash v: 5.2.26 running-in: konsole
    inxi: 3.3.35

Any help appreciated. This is not a huge deal of course, but I’m so used to just hitting meta for quick access to my open windows.

System Settings > Workspace Behaviour > Desktop Effects > Overview

Set it to Alt+F1. This is the same as pressing the Meta/Super key.

Sadly, does not work.

I noticed that in your previous post about this, you changed/added some file I know nothing about. Maybe it doesn’t work because of that file?

Also, to clarify, are you talking about KDE’s overview feature or KDE’s Activities feature?

Another thing to note is that KDE received a recent update, and because of Wayland-related developments, KDE suffers a similar issue to Gnome in that each update breaks something or the other. So, sometimes, you just have to deal with the breakage until another update.

I am currently in Ubuntu Studio with KDE 5.27, so I have no such issues, though I imagine, you may be one of only a few people experiencing this issue.

One way to check is to visit KDE’s forum and/or bugtracker.

Forum: https://discuss.kde.org/
Bugtracker: https://bugs.kde.org/

Desktop Effects → Overview

By the way, I do not have any Workspace Behaviour menu. Just the General Behaviour. Overview, for me, is located at Apps & Windows → Window Management → Desktop Effects → Overview

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Wonder why they’d push out this update without testing?

That’s how being in a development stage works.

Right now, they are pushing mostly for bigger, more important feature inclusion and general stability. So, smaller features may not get the same amount of care as they have a limited team.

Also, everyone’s system is different, not just in hardware, but also in settings. This means that you could have two of the same systems with the same distro, yet have different experiences because of having different settings here or there.

It’s not always the update; in fact, it is usually (9 times out of 10) the user.

PS: As I said, you can check either their forum or bugtracker to see if you can find someone else with a similar issue or even a fix. And, if you want it solved quicker, sign up and log the bug yourself.

Things have changed in plasma 6.1 concerning mapping modifier only keys like meta key: https://www.lorenzobettini.it/2024/06/modifier-only-shortcuts-in-kde-plasma-6-1/

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Sadly, setting the key in shortcuts → kwin → overview still isn’t working.

Did you accept the proposal to override the existing shortcut?
Does the default shortcut work? Does it open the application launcher?

Cleared shortcuts everywhere from application launcher and overview so that there wasn’t any overlap. Finally had to press Shift + alt + (fn) F12. Only then overview started working again.

So you had disabled effects altogether

No. I just had to disable and re-enable them for some reason.

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