Ok I’m using a method of getting ZX Tune to respond to hotkeys, that involves binding a shortcut to a script, which runs wmctrl to bring the window to the foreground, then xdotool to send the appropriate keyboard key press to pause/play. It actually works pretty well! Except…
At some point randomly, the shortcut fails, and then I notice the shift key is software stuck (the way it’s behaving in other programs, selecting things) so I press shift again to unstick it.
At this point, the Meta (Windows) key no longer responds. I can’t press it to open the application launcher and search for an app, which is the biggest inconvenience there. The only way to get it back is to reboot.
Regarding ZX Tune actually getting hotkey support built in, the bitbucket issue for this is 6 years old so not holding my breath. But it’s the most convenient player that plays VGM files.
No worries, here’s the script. Let me know if I absolutely need to try again with a new user to provide more info.
win=$(xdotool search --name 'zxtune-qt' | head -1)
wmctrl -a zxtune-qt
xdotool key --clearmodifiers --window $win alt+c
As for the scancode thing, it’s not like in the link you sent, where the guy can’t bind his key at all. My meta key is fine until this glitchy event happens. If you mean for me to find out the scan code of the key, I ran “showkey -s” at the terminal but it kept saying “Couldn’t get a file descriptor referring to the console.”
Also it just occoured to me that I’ve only seen this bug since I started using the Shift+F5 shortcut. My keyboard doesn’t have media keys so I’ve previously had F5 shortcut trigger a “media play/pause” key press without issue for many months now, it’s been working fine with Audacity. It’s only because ZX Tune doesn’t respond to media keys, that I came up with the combo Shift+F5 as an alternative to trigger the zxtune_pause.sh script. And I think the problem is since then.
Maybe it’s triggering something wierd to happen, because F keys (especially F5) usually have other uses, and in this case it could be the specific combo of Shift with F5 under certain conditions that’s causing the bug.
I’ve bound the zxtune_pause.sh script to just F5 for now to see how that goes (since I’m just using ZX Tune at the moment anyway).
I should probably change it to something other than F5 actually. it’s just that F5 is the key with the play icon on it, because if you hold the Fn key and press F5, it actually generates a media play/pause. But I don’t want to do that
Ok so I’ve been using this with just the shortcut keys bound to F8, F9, and F10, no modifiers (such as shift) and given the frequency of the previous problem, I should’ve experienced it by now, but I haven’t. I actually also made that script change you said to do, so I can’t be 100% sure it’s not that which fixed it, but my feeling is it was the shortcut key combo I was using.