Public bug reported:

In most Gnome applications I can use shift-ctrl-u to directly enter a
character via its Unicode codepoint. So, for example, to enter the
character € via this method, one does:

shift-ctrl-u 2 0 A C enter

This works in gedit and gnome-terminal today.

I use this often in gucharmap when dealing with a character I don't
recognize, and can't easily directly copy from the source. Since
updating to Ubuntu 16.04, the gucharmap version shipped with Ubuntu has
started to ignore the shift-ctrl-u shortcut in the search text field.

Upstream reports that this appears to be a Ubuntu specific issue:

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: gucharmap 1:3.18.2-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-36.55-generic 4.4.16
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-36-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Tue Sep 20 21:55:13 2016
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-09-16 (735 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140417)
SourcePackage: gucharmap
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to xenial on 2016-05-26 (117 days ago)

** Affects: gucharmap (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: amd64 apport-bug third-party-packages xenial

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