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    Default XFCE Global hot keys

    Hello everyone,


    I am using OpenSUSE 12.3 with XFCE DE.

    I have installed VLC Player and configured global hot keys but they are not working even when the window is active. I want the keys to function even when the windows is inactive or minimized.

    You could suggest me the alternatives also.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: XFCE Global hot keys

    A general Google search turns up many hits (many of those look like re-posts of the same message, but not all) that suggest there is an XFCE problem supporting <global> hot keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    A general Google search turns up many hits (many of those look like re-posts of the same message, but not all) that suggest there is an XFCE problem supporting <global> hot keys.
    And there seems to be a problem with VLC supporting global hot keys as well...

    I just tried and global hot keys in VLC don't work here at all either using KDE4.
    Not even when VLC is the active window.

    PS: what exact functions do you want to have as hot keys?
    Maybe you could use D-BUS to trigger those actions in VLC.
    See here:
    https://wiki.videolan.org/DBus-usage/
    Last edited by wolfi323; 02-Jul-2014 at 10:24.

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    Default Re: XFCE Global hot keys

    Thanks for the reply.

    Actually in our college we would be having audio files. We need to listen to those and type it in the openoffice-writer. If we don't understand we need to rewind the audio file and listen to that again. For this purpose I need to have some keys which should function even when the window is minimized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishanth9042 View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    Actually in our college we would be having audio files. We need to listen to those and type it in the openoffice-writer. If we don't understand we need to rewind the audio file and listen to that again. For this purpose I need to have some keys which should function even when the window is minimized.
    Hm, I had a look at the DBUS interface, and it doesn't seem that easy.
    First that page seems outdated and wrong now.

    Second, you would need the process id of vlc. And even then I couldn't get it to work. (I haven't yet found out the correct commands)

    Why don't you just use a different player?
    Audacious (a WinAMP "clone") f.e. has a global shortcuts plugin as well, and this works fine here.

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    Default Re: XFCE Global hot keys

    Does LXDE has global shortcuts option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishanth9042 View Post
    Does LXDE has global shortcuts option.
    I don't know, I don't use LXDE.

    But the question is rather whether the application has a working global shortcuts option.
    And audacious has, so I would suggest to just use that.

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    Default Re: XFCE Global hot keys

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I have installed audacious but is there any option to increase or decrease 5 seconds jump.

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    Default Re: XFCE Global hot keys

    Thanks for the suggestion once again . Global short cut keys are working but I need to change the forward and rewind jump time. Is there an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishanth9042 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion once again . Global short cut keys are working but I need to change the forward and rewind jump time. Is there an option.
    AFAICS no, sorry.

    If you need that, try deadbeed instead, also available in Packman.
    Its global shortcuts work fine here as well, and it offers shortcuts to seek 1% or 5% forwards or backwards.

    Don't forget to install "deadbeef-restricted-plugins" as well if you want to play MP3s f.e. though.

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