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After updating to Chrome 84.0.4147.110 64bit on Chrome OS I noticed the compose key not working anymore and in chrome://extensions there was an error for the extensions saying

Package is invalid. Details: 'Cannot load extension with file or directory name
_metadata. Filenames starting with "_" are reserved for use by the system.'.

The bug is old and should occur when using local extensions or file names starting with _, see stackoverflow, Google Groups, Chromium bugs.

In my case uninstalling and reinstalling the extension did fix it, i.e. the package does not have a _metadata folder as suggested on web results.

google/extra-keyboards-for-chrome-os

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I am filing this issue and the closing it as reference for other users stumbling onto the same issue.

useful!

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