[clug] Xine/totem/me-tv and L_Alt keypress events..

Andrew Janke a.janke at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 08:06:38 GMT 2009

Hi Kev,

Thanks for doing the legwork for me on this one.. :)  I got distracted
and havn't got back to this.  No doubt it will annoy me later tonight
again though.  Still now that I know some new keywords I note that I
am certainly not alone:


There are also some debian patches regarding this.  Hrm, now to figure
out if they did or didn't make it into Ubuntu.

Thanks again

Andrew Janke
(a.janke at gmail.com || http://a.janke.googlepages.com/)
Canberra->Australia    +61 (402) 700 883

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 11:18, Kevin Pulo <kev at pulo.com.au> wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> The offender seems to be in xine-ui, not xine-lib, in
> src/xitk/videowin.c (video_window_reset_ssaver()).  It's insane that
> they are using XTest to generate display-wide fake keystrokes.
> The correct way to do this, at least for xscreensaver and similar, is
> to send a DEACTIVATE ClientMessage event to the xscreensaver window.
> Mplayer has good code in libvo/x11_common.c, you need the
> -stop-xscreensaver option to enable it.  The lazy alternative is to
> periodically run "xscreensaver-command -deactivate", which will do the
> same thing.  ( http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/faq.html#dvd )
> Given that xine-ui has code right under the XTest stuff for calling
> "gnome-screensaver-command --poke", I would be modifying that to also
> run the xscreensaver-command command, and then recompiling without
> XTest.  There doesn't seem to be an easy --without-xtest configure
> option, so I'd be hand-editing config.h after running configure.
> Or maybe try getting me-tv to use mplayer instead of xine.
> Kev

> On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 02:51:39AM +1100, Andrew Janke wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> There are a few messages about this out there:
>>    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/totem/+bug/216939
>> This will really only affect dual or enormous screen users like myself
>> who tend to have a movie/DVD/DVB-T thing going in one window and
>> attempt to do work in the other.  Apparently xine/totem does this
>> (generates a L_Alt keypress event) in order to stop the screensaver
>> initiating. This seems like a bit of a hack to me as it causes all
>> sorts of pain when the alt key gets pressed every 30 seconds or so in
>> whatever else you are trying to work in.
>> In my case it happens with me-tv.  So either I stub out the offending
>> bit in libxine(?) and re-compile or does anyone know of a better way
>> to approach this?
>> (SITREP: 32bit Ubuntu intrepid, me-tv 0.7.14, xine v0.99.6cvs, T42
>> thinkpad, external 27" monitor on DVI, USB keyboard + mouse)
>> ta
> Kev.
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