Debian Multimedia :: Binding Scripts To Keys - Will Openbox Not Allow For Scripts To Be In The Rc.xml File

Sep 11, 2011

I'm using Openbox, and I'm working on some scripts to automatically change several things at once (wallpaper, theme, idesk icons, wbar, etc), and I've started with a simple script for changing the wallpaper. I have three different scripts, each one connected to a different wallpaper. The scripts are in my /usr/bin file, so I just have to type the script name and it goes. Trouble is, I've tried assigning it to a keybinding in Openbox's rc.xml, and I can't seem to get them to work.

Here's one of them:

<keybind key="C-F10">
<action name="Execute">

It's supposed to make it so I type ctrl+F10 to switch to a steampunk wallpaper I have. I can do the script from the command prompt, but I can't get the keybinding to work. Anybody know why? Will Openbox not allow for scripts to be in the rc.xml file?

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May 23, 2011

When my .xinitrc contains exec /usr/bin/openbox-session My displays will turn off like there is no video output. I cannot switch to a TTY (or at least there is still no video when I try). I can however ssh into the machine. Alt+SysRq+K does not seem to kill the X session, but Alt+SysRq+B will reboot the machine.When my .xinitrc contains exec /usr/bin/openbox and I manually run sh .config/openbox/ everything seems to go smoothly. I really don't understand the discrepancy.

sleep 3s;
xsetroot -solid "#303030"


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Jan 24, 2016

I asked the question on LQ, but since activity related to Debian there is smaller, it is here.

I can't start Openbox, using xinit or startx. I have a warning when using xinit:

Code: Select all***** Imlib2 Developer Warning ***** :

This program is calling the Imlib call:

    With the parameter:
    being NULL. Please fix your program.

I don't have dbus, display managers, X is started on tty3 because I reduced the number of ttys. In xinitrc there is

Code: Select allexec openbox-session

I see a cursor appearing for a second, but then the screen goes back to tty.

The problem is new; I'd been using Openbox for a couple of months back then, and it was fine.

System is Unstable.

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Sep 15, 2010

Im currently fitting Openbox to my needs.I want to autostart my email-app (Icedove) on the second desktop, if possible with a given size and position.I googled that already and searched th forum, but did not find anything related to it

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Since Gnome is a full desktop environment and Openbox is only a Window Manager.

Use the Gnome DE and have Openbox WM, instead of Metacity or Compiz? (with Ob Config & Menu included)

I know it won't be near as light as a straight Openbox, but it would add Ob convenience to Gnome DE. What do you think? Work-arounds?

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I am tweaking an OpenBox install in Squeeze i386 and am trying to set my laptop volume keys to control mpd

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Simple mixer control 'Master Front',0
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I finally installed Squeeze on my laptop and found out that the XF86Audio multimedia keys do not work.

When I press them, they're correctly identified by xev but they do not produce the desired effect (raise/lower/mute volume, play/pause/stop/prev/next song in media players like Sonata).

Funnily enough though, they do work in Audacious, which has its own plugin to manage XF86Audio media keys.

So it's like the action of pressing these keys is not intercepted by the system and no event is triggered.

I think this might be due to a missing package or configuration but I have no idea where to look...

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Jul 29, 2015

Today I did the following:

Code: Select allapt-get upgradeapt-get dist-upgrade

After a reboot the multimedia keys are not working anymore.

Also Code: Select allxev doesn't give any output when pressing the multimedia keys.

I've also checked the packages that were upgraded, but none seems (to me) to be changing anything in regard to key events.

Code: Select allStart-Date: 2015-07-29  09:17:10
Commandline: apt-get upgrade -V
Upgrade: libasan1:amd64 (4.9.3-2, 4.9.3-3), gdisk:amd64 (1.0.0-2, 1.0.0-3), cpp-4.9:amd64 (4.9.3-2, 4.9.3-3), libstdc++-4.9-dev:amd64 (4.9.3-2, 4.9.3-3), libpanel-applet0:amd64 (3.16.1-3, 3.16.1-4), python-debianbts:amd64 (1.12, 1.13),

[Code] ....

I'm on the Debian testing branch. Initially I used xfce, but am now using i3.

Why there are no events after the upgrade? Maybe I should downgrade some of the above packages?

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I have a Logitech K830 wireless 'Living Room' keyboard for general use under Debian/Gnome. The function keys (F1-F12) operate in conjunction with the FN key. Various multimedia options are alternately available by pressing the function keys (F1-F12) without the FN key.

I want to make the function keys primary (not requiring FN). 'xmodmap -e "keycode 172 = F11"' reassigns F11 as expected, but xev reveals multicode output for some keys that I cannot similarly remap. The (de-tabulated) table shows xev output for press-events. Single F(n) keycodes are followed by the equivalent multimedia keycodes (e.g. F2[+FN] key is also 'Minimize window'[without FN]).


FN+F1 0x0167 0xffbe, F1
Adjust backlight ---- -- ------, --

FN+F2 0x1068 0xffbf, F2


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After installing Debian 8.2 I tested my multimedia keys and they all are correctly detected by xev and works as expected. Then I start to configure my keyboard. I need to use three keyboard layouts EN, UA and RU. By default I can switch between them using selected keyboard shortcut with following pattern: en→ua→ru→en→ua... But I want to switch layouts independently, using different keys for each layout, for example: qWCapsLock — enable EN layoutShift+CapsLock — enable UA layoutCtrl+CapsLock — enable RU layoutAfter googling and reading different forums I come to following solution (here is documents and discussion in russian). Create files

Code: Select all 
default partial xkb_compatibility "default"  {
   interpret Mae_Koho {
       action= LockGroup(group=3);
   interpret Zen_Koho {

This works perfectly, but all multimedia keys now not recognized by xev and as result they does not work. I know that I can use xmodmap to map keys, but maybe same result can be achieved by fixing some of the newly created files or setxkbmap+xkbcomp command listed above.

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Mar 30, 2015

I recently install a Debian 8.0 Jessie on a Laptop Dell latitude E6540 with gnome 3.14+3. But the problem is that it doesn't recongnize my multimedia buttons, I tried some methods but I didn't get results.

Code: Select all$showkey --scancodes
volume up   -- 0xe0 0x30 0xe0 0xb0
volume down -- 0xe0 0x2e 0xe0 0xae
volume mute -- 0xe0 0x20 0xe0 0xa0

$showkey --keycodes
volume up   -- 115
volume down -- 114
volume mute -- 113

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When I reassinged the keys on Settings>Keyboard>Shortcuts to F7, F8 and F9 it works, but when use the keys volume up, down and mute It doesn't show anything.

The same happens with Fn + Brightness keys, in this case it worked the first time but then stop to work I don't know why..

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Jul 26, 2011

I just compiled volwheel and added "volwheel &" to my file in openbox and it would not start. I then ran it from my terminal and recieved this error message:

Can't locate in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/local/lib/volwheel /etc/perl /usr/local/lib/perl/5.10.1 /usr/local/share/perl/5.10.1 /usr/lib/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/perl/5.10 /usr/share/perl/5.10 /usr/local/lib/site_perl .) at /usr/local/bin/volwheel line 24.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/local/bin/volwheel line 24.

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Jul 23, 2014

Yesterday something has happened with power supply, so 2 of 3 PCs has shut down. And now my debian pc doesn't respond to multimedia (volume to be precise) keys, leds also doesn't work. Other keys are fine. Tried xev, but it doesn't respond to multimedia keys either. I have dual boot with Win7 on this machine, and it works fine with multimedia keys.

I believe this is a clue:

Code: Select all[   22.324109] generic-usb: probe of 0003:04D9:1702.0004 failed with error -110

uname -a:
Code: Select allLinux sharlin 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u1 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Code: Select all[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
[    0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
[    0.000000] Linux version 3.2.0-4-amd64 ( (gcc version 4.6.3 (Debian 4.6.3-14) ) #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u1
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-amd64 root=UUID=57fa72ea-ce79-4da0-a74d-2ffee8573437 ro quiet
[    0.000000] BIOS-provided physical RAM map:

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Jun 13, 2010

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Feb 14, 2011

Im writing my first bash script. Its function is to move files to the trash can and write a log file in the same format that the system does to allow for file restoration. The problem is that in bash, everything works fine, but in the OpenBox window session, the files are named after the source directory, not the original name. Heres the script:

# trash - Script to move file or folder to the trash can and create a log file
##### Functions #####
err_output () # Writes error message {
echo "$0: cannot stat `$1': No such file or directory"
exit 1 } >&2

write_log_numbered ()
# Writes log entry for numbered files {
echo "[Trash Info]" > $HOME/.local/share/Trash/info/${FILE}.$max.trashinfo
echo "Path="$PWD >> $HOME/.local/share/Trash/info/${FILE}.$max.trashinfo
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write_log_unique () # Writes log entry for unique files {
echo "[Trash Info]" > $HOME/.local/share/Trash/info/${FILE}.trashinfo
echo "Path="$PWD >> $HOME/.local/share/Trash/info/${FILE}.trashinfo
echo "DeletionDate="`date "+%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S"` >> $HOME/.local/share/Trash/info/${FILE}.trashinfo
} make_paths () # Makes necessary folders {
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mkdir -p ~/.local/share/Trash/files
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/Trash/info

##### Main #####
DEST=$(dirname ~/.local/share/Trash/files/filename)
[ -e "$SOURCE" ] || err_output "$SOURCE"
[ -d "$DEST" ] || err_output "$DEST"
FILE="$(basename "$SOURCE")"

if [ -e "${DEST}/${FILE}" ]; then
max=0 DIR="$(pwd)" cd "$DEST"
shopt -s nullglob for backup in "${FILE}."; do
if [[ "$nr" =~ ^[0-9]+$ ]]; then
if (( nr>max )); then
max="$nr" fi
cd "$DIR"
max=$(( max + 1 ))
mv -- "$SOURCE" "${DEST}/${FILE}.$max"
mv -- "$SOURCE" "$DEST/${FILE}"

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~/.local/share/Trash/files$ ls
file file.1 Files Files.1 Junk
The log file is also named correctly

~/.local/share/Trash/info$ ls
file.1.trashinfo Files.1.trashinfo Files.trashinfo file.trashinfo Junk.trashinfo

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