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Old 03-01-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
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Configure hotkey for script

Hi there,

I have written a script that formats USB drives from a Raspberry Pi, and I have also managed to make it a command and a desktop icon click, all of which I am very proud of. The one bit I am now missing is how to run this using a hot key. Unfortunately something isn't quite right as I can set up the hotkey, but it doesn't really run the script, it does something as the "You haven't ejected your USB stick correctly! Go to Jail" message pops up in the bottom right corner, which inplies to me that it is doing something with the script, as the script does involve ejecting the usb stick at the end of the script. What it should do is open a terminal window and ask a question.

As a result, I think I know where my error is, but don't know where to look to get it right. So, I have edited the file /home/pi/.config/openbox/lsde-pi.xml with the following:
<keybind key="C-S-f">
   <action name="Execute">
I have also changed the command to the full path of the script and the same thing happens. I am suspecting that the error is to do with the action name "Execute" but I can't be sure.

Can anybody shed a little light on this issue please as it is very curious.

Kind regards
Old 03-01-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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Just for test purposes consider replacing formatusb by a simpler script and see if that runs correctly.
Your code for triggering the formatusb script seems fine.
Also doublecheck that formatusb works fine via the command line.
And check logs for permission issues.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:00 PM   #3
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I would think that if you actually want to see the terminal pop up, you'll need to do something along the lines of (xterm used as an example, look up man pages on the terminal you are using):
xterm -e formatusb
Making your config:
<keybind key="C-S-f">
   <action name="Execute">
      <command>xterm -e formatusb</command>
Test it out by first doing something like:
<keybind key="C-S-f">
   <action name="Execute">
      <command>xterm -e 'echo Hi; sleep 5'</command>
And build from there.
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1) the default openbox rc.xml should already contain hotkey commands that you can use as a blueprint.
but from what you say, it seems to work on the openbox side.
2) judging from the notification you described, you are running some sort of desktop environment which is most probably set to automount removable devices. you should disable that feature (usually through the filemanagers preferences).
3) formatting a usb stick requires superuser privileges. have you taken that into account in your script?

to further help, we would need:
- information on your setup (desktop environment, modifications to default settings)
- contents of the formatusb script


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