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Old 04-28-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
Stefan J
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Question Controlling Xfce with a IR remote

Hi all

I'd like to control a Xfce desktop with a IR remote control.

I have a working Mythtv frontend which works happily with the remote, I'd to now have some control over the Xfce desktop, even if only to pop up the menu and start a program. However, I've googled and cannot find any info on I might achieve this.

Any ideas ?


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The Keyboard section of the XFCE settings allow you to set shortcuts to do things like open the menu. I don't know how the IR remote works in your scenario, but if it returns keyboard scancodes then you can setup shortcuts for the different buttons on the remote and control the desktop that way.
Old 05-04-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately in my case it did not work.


In my ~/.lircrc file for my remote setup, there are sections such as below;

prog = mythtv
button = 'maps to button on the remote
config = 'maps to key press in application

I guess I need to find out the program name for the Xfce desktop.




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