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Gnome Multimedia Keys


Amarok Script

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Gnome Multimedia Keys

Gnome Multimedia Keys

Link:  http://
Minimum required   GNOME 2.x
Downloads:  13520
Submitted:  Jun 22 2007
Updated:  Apr 25 2009


This script will allow the use of keyboard multimedia keys in Gnome 2.18 and above (eg. ubuntu feisty/gusty/hardy) to control playback. This includes most multimedia buttons found on many laptops. Support for this was broken due to changes in the handling of keyboard shortcuts by gnome 2.18 and later.

Amarok 2 Version is here: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=103448

Currently supported operations are:
Next Track
Previous Track

Simply run the script, no configuration of the script itself is required. The desired keyboard shortcuts can be configured by selecting "System-->Prefrences-->Keyboard Shortcuts" from the Gnome pannel.

python >2.4


0.2: Added checks to make sure we only run on an affected system.
0.3: Locale fix.
0.4: Add configuration dialogue, add checks to avoid multiple instances.
0.5: add gnome 2.21/22 support
0.5.2: locale fix

(Gnome Multimedia Keys 0.5.2)
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 Thanks a lot!

 by Db0 on: Mar 30 2008
Score 50%

...for this.

I couldn't get it to work in any other way (like keytouch) in a Dell Inspiron Laptop. Your script worked perfectly.


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 Problems with version 0.5

 by mordisko on: Jun 1 2008
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First of all: thank you very much for this script, for a long time it has served me very well to control my amarok with a wiimote.

Sadly, i've been experiencing some problems lately and i suposse it has something to do with system updates.

I'm using debian lenny/sid, gnome 2.22.1 and amarok (using KDE 3.5.9) and the script does not seem to work anymore.

Well, it does, but in a very strange way, let me explain: the script (it is running and there is only one instance) accepts every key i send but does not process them until i stop the playing list. An example of this: a song is playing and i hit 3 times the "next track button", one time the "stop/play" and one time the "previous track"; at first amarok won't do a thing but as soon as the song stops or moves to the next amarok will move 3 songs forward, stop playing and will go 1 song backwards.

I didn't find an appropiate way to send bugs so i could only contact you by this comment.

Great job BTW, i only hope this issue fixes for me soon :)

If you need more info i can give it to you.


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 Re: Problems with version 0.5

 by WhiteDragon on: Jun 6 2008
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I have exactly the same problem. Using debian lenny/sid with Gnome 2.22.2, Amarok (Using KDE 3.5.9), and Gnome Multimedia Key's [sic] Amarok Script version 0.5. All multimedia keyboard commands only take effect after the song changes.

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 Works on Ubuntu Hardy

 by mplanchard on: Jul 13 2008
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I had this script installed in Gutsy and for one reason or another it stopped working on the upgrade to Hardy.

To get it working again I just uninstalled and reinstalled the script. Thanks very much!

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 Uses up all of my CPU

 by 9a3eedi on: Sep 23 2008
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I'd like to say thanks for this awesome script. Worked perfectly fine in Ubuntu.

I must say though for some reason when I run this script it uses 100% of my CPU. I suspected that it was a loop polling the keys or something, so I looked at the code, and couldn't find anything (I'm not familiar with python or linux programming). Can you please look into that? thanks :D

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 Re: Uses up all of my CPU

 by 9a3eedi on: Sep 24 2008
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Ok, ignore my last comment. I realized something wierd. When I run it from terminal, the CPU usage is perfectly fine. But when I start it from natuilus, it uses 100% of my CPU o__O

Strange. Maybe it's an Ubuntu thing (I'm using x86_64 Hardy)

Again, great job on the script. You made everybody's lives better :D

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 Stop, Next, and Prev. are...

 by enigma0Z on: Oct 6 2008
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Stop, Next, and Prev. are broken in Gnome 2.24... It seems that the signal handler isn't being called for these keys: signal_handler(*mmkeys) (tested by printing mmkeys on each instance)


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 no go on script run

 by hardysmiles on: Oct 29 2008
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hi there,
the script below was my second attempt trying to install this script. the first time the command line never came back to me, it was just stuck on "using new dbus location" which is the last line of this second attempt, pasted below. as you can see, when i tried running it again, there was this added mumbo jumbo in the middle, about the dark theme, which i think is the color theme for my windows...

anyways, i just wanted to get the multimedia control buttons work on my xps m1210 labtop, running hardy with 2.22.3 gnome. if anybody has an inkling on what i need to to do, i'm all ears.


hilary@lilbit:~/Desktop/gnome_media_keys$ ./gnome_media_keys.py
checking for old instances of the script

6187 python /usr/share/system-config-printer/applet.py

30320 python ./gnome_media_keys.py

30320 is us, dont kill!
/home/hilary/.themes/Darker theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:50: Clearlooks configuration option "menuitemstyle" is not supported and will be ignored.
/home/hilary/.themes/Darker theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:51: Clearlooks configuration option "listviewitemstyle" is not supported and will be ignored.
/home/hilary/.themes/Darker theme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:52: Clearlooks configuration option "progressbarstyle" is not supported and will be ignored.
detected GNOME v2.22
Using new dbus location

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