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Ubuntu 13.10 (Gnome 3.8) and i3wm - Media Keys (Brightness, Volume, ...)

asked 2014-01-12 14:42:00 +0000

foofoobar gravatar image

updated 2014-01-12 14:47:34 +0000


to get my laptop media keys working under i3 I added the following to my ~/.i3/config:

exec --no-startup-id gnome-settings-daemon

After updating to Ubuntu 13.10 the media keys no longer work under i3 (they still work in Gnome/Unity). How can I get them back working with i3?


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Is it customary to startup the gnome-settings-daemon (or some other settings daemon) like this to take care of many "small" problems like media keys, audio etc?

Lindhe gravatar imageLindhe ( 2015-04-19 16:21:20 +0000 )edit

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answered 2014-01-12 14:43:59 +0000

foofoobar gravatar image

updated 2014-01-12 14:47:05 +0000

I solved it by myself. The problem is that media key handling was moved from gnome-settings-daemon to gnome-shell. However this feature was added back to gnome-settings-daemon in the Ubuntu Trusty Repository which can be installed via PPA (

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ezyang/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Best Regards

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