Guake terminal does not drop down with F12 after upgrade

after a recent upgrade on my local Debian install Guake does not drop down by using F12

  Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux buster/sid
            Kernel: Linux 4.12.0-1-686-pae
      Architecture: x86
     Guake version: 0.8.8-1

once I started it manually I can call it with F12, but only on the virtual desktop where it was started, as soon as I change do a different desktop I can’t call it with F12 anymore.

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As you can see on the screenshot, I’m on the 2ond desktop and in the bottom left the guake symbol shows up. I can call the terminal by clicking there with the mouse. But F12 does not work.

If I start it from a terminal I get the following output:

(guake:3387): libglade-WARNING **: unknown attribute `swapped' for <signal>.
INFO:guake.guake_app:Logging configuration complete
/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/guake/ GtkWarning: IA__gtk_window_set_type_hint: assertion '!gtk_widget_get_mapped (GTK_WIDGET (window))' failed
/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/guake/ GtkWarning: IA__gtk_window_set_type_hint: assertion '!gtk_widget_get_mapped (GTK_WIDGET (window))' failed
^CTraceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 174, in _run_module_as_main
    "__main__", fname, loader, pkg_name)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 72, in _run_code
    exec code in run_globals
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/guake/", line 253, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/guake/", line 250, in exec_main
Asked By: nath


I found a workaround for this issue on the official Guake github-page:

You have to go to the Gnome-Applications-Menu and click on the Keyboard Symbol.

This will list all the default Gnome-Keyboard-Shortcuts.

If you scroll down, click the + at the bottom of the page to add a new Shortcut:

Name: Guake
Command: guake -t
Shortcut: F12

In my case no reboot was needed.

The start of Guake by using this workaround is not very smooth,
but usable…

from the guake man-page:

-t, --toggle-visibility  
      Toggle the visibility of guake
Answered By: nath
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