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Old 12-22-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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start vlc after autologon


Hi guys,

I'm building a system for a presentation in a shop (bargains, accessories, various information)
Here at LQ, a user (catkin) pointed me to gqview and I got it working from command line but I can not get it to run in a loop.

There is also a dvd with a promotional video which I wanted to be able to play. I succeeded by using VLC and starting a playlist from command line.

My questions:
1) does anyone know of a way to loop a presentation of pics in gqview or is there another program to achieve this?
2) how can I automatically start these programs with the switches after logon? (not simultaneously of course)

I'm using debian and I have tried by adding:
Code:
vlc -f -L <path & filename to playlist>
to rc.local but nothing happens.

I know that this is not the best way but I don't understand how to do it differently.

Thanks a lot for your ideas!
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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After user logon, you will want to use ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_login or ~/.profile, in that order of preference, I believe. It might be dependent on your login manager which one of the files is run (and on your shell, of course), but to me, ~/.profile has always been a safe bet.

As for gqview, there is a General -> Slideshow -> Repeat setting in the preferences dialogue, that should help.
 
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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Hi Vinter, thank you for your reply!
I'm using gnome but I cannot find any of those files that you refer to.

Can you enlighten me about how to find the path of vlc because I have different directories with vlc.

Do you know whether it's possible to run gqview full screen - without toolbars - and start the slideshow automatically?
It is possible to have it that way if I start it from command line but then the repeat option is not available...

The point is that I would like to get it working without any user intervention so it's fool proof.

Last edited by Peterken; 12-22-2009 at 08:49 PM. Reason: added info
 
Old 12-22-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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Try
Code:
gqview -f
Quote:
Can you enlighten me about how to find the path of vlc because I have different directories with vlc.
Code:
which vlc
There should be ~/.config/vlc folder with your configuration.
Btw instead of launching vlc in rc.local, launch it from ~/.config/autostart

Last edited by ~sHyLoCk~; 12-22-2009 at 09:24 PM.
 
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:09 AM   #5
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Hi ~sHyLoCk~, thank you for your answer!

I had found in the gqview manual how to run it from command line in full screen. It gives me almost exactly what I need with:
Code:
gqview -t -f -s
but apparently there is no switch to make run in a loop...

Uhm, which VLC...
I have installed VLC media player as a deb package, it's version 0.8.6h

There is no ~/.config/vlc folder.

I understand that running from rc.local is not the best option but I have no clue how & where to put the command with switches so it runs at startup.
~/.config/autostart seems to be a folder, I guess it's like the startup folder in windows but what is the correct syntax for these commands.

Last edited by Peterken; 12-23-2009 at 05:17 AM. Reason: added information
 
Old 12-23-2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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After user logon, you will want to use ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_login or ~/.profile, in that order of preference, I believe. It might be dependent on your login manager which one of the files is run (and on your shell, of course), but to me, ~/.profile has always been a safe bet.

As for gqview, there is a General -> Slideshow -> Repeat setting in the preferences dialogue, that should help.
The .bash files are not what you want here because those are meant for when you start a bash terminal. Gnome, however, has a control panel for auto-starting applications when you login:

http://www.ghacks.net/2009/04/08/add...mes-autostart/

If that link doesn't explain well enough there are plenty of others that will show up in a quick google search.
 
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:14 AM   #7
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Thank you CoderMan for pointing me in that direction; it's working fine now!
 
Old 12-30-2009, 08:47 AM   #8
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Hi Vinter, thank you for your reply!
I'm using gnome but I cannot find any of those files that you refer to.
Those are hidden files (anything with a . at the start is hidden), and so won't be visible unless you turn on "Show hidden files" (or the equivalent) in your file manager.
 
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:40 PM   #9
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Thanks a lot Total-MAdMaN, I did not think about hidden files and had no clue how linux handles these.
 
  


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