After installed Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, Alt+PrintScreen key combination to take a screenshot of current window stop working. Actually, it is because Alt+PrtScn is in conflict with Magic SysRq key.

You can get Alt+PrtScn work in Ubuntu 10.10 by disable Magic SysRq key with this command in terminal:

sudo sysctl -w kernel.sysrq=0

If the setting disappears after reboot, just add following into the file : /etc/sysctl.conf

kernel.sysrq = 0

To enable Magic SysRq key, use:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq


sysctl -w kernel.sysrq=1

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