I use gtags. I do M-. to go to the function definition, but then when doing M-* to go back to where I was nothing happen and the minibuffer shows as if I did M-8 . My configuration is here

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    Are you working in terminal emacs? – Dan Dec 26 '17 at 13:46

Found what what it was, I have two languages installed. By default language is changed with alt+shift, this coincide with emacs's M-*

To set language change to use only left alt+left shift in xubuntu I did settings --> keyboard --> layout then set it in "Change layout option"

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