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I used to be able to do this fairly easily, but D-bus seems to have made
this a lot more complicated than it used to be. I just want to be able
to run a script via ssh to make Amarok do something (like pause, skip to
the next track, etc.). I have this command:
qdbus org.kde.amarok /Player org.freedesktop.MediaPlayer.Pause
This works fine, but only if I run it from an xterm launched from inside
the same X session as Amarok. If I try to do it through an ssh session,
I get this:
Could not connect to D-Bus server:
org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ExecFailed: /bin/dbus-launch terminated
abnormally with the following error: Autolaunch error: X11
This happens whether the ssh user is the same user as the X session, a
different user, or root.
I have played around with various DISPLAY settings with no luck, but I
doubt if that will work in any event because according to lsof, Xorg
isn't even listening on the display port anyway. I have also tried, in
the X session, doing "xhost +" and that doesn't change anything either.
I confess that I really don't understand the connection between X and
D-bus, and all I really want is to make this work.
I am running Gnome and Amarok is a KDE app, so maybe there is some other
KDE-related service that needs to be started? Anybody been able to make
something like this work?
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