Bug#930350: gnome-shell: Play/pause keyboard button stops controlling Rhythmbox/Totem

Mike Crowe mac at mcrowe.com
Tue Jun 11 09:12:14 BST 2019

Package: gnome-shell
Version: 3.30.2-9
Severity: normal

I use Totem to listen to long media files and pause/resume them using the
Play/Pause button on my keyboard. After a while (sometimes a few hours,
sometimes a few days) this button stops working. Pressing it has no effect on
Totem, Rhythmbox or any other media-playing application running on my Gnome

I continue to be able to play/pause from withing the user interface of the
application itself (well, provided I don't run into bug 926164.) I can also
play/pause from the Media player (MPRISv2) shell extension.

All other keys and keyboard shortcuts continue to work on my keyboard,
including the volume and calculator buttons.

Running xev shows no events being received when I press the button (but perhaps
that's normal, since the volume buttons also show no events.)

Rebooting my machine restores the functionality of the keyboard play/pause
button, until the next time it stops working.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.0
  APT prefers testing-debug
  APT policy: (500, 'testing-debug'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-5-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_GB:en (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages gnome-shell depends on:
ii  dconf-gsettings-backend [gsettings-backend]  0.30.1-2
ii  evolution-data-server                        3.30.5-1
ii  gir1.2-accountsservice-1.0                   0.6.45-2
ii  gir1.2-atspi-2.0                             2.30.0-7
ii  gir1.2-freedesktop                           1.58.3-2
ii  gir1.2-gcr-3                                 3.28.1-1
ii  gir1.2-gdesktopenums-3.0                     3.28.1-1
ii  gir1.2-gdm-1.0                               3.30.2-3
ii  gir1.2-geoclue-2.0                           2.5.2-1
ii  gir1.2-glib-2.0                              1.58.3-2
ii  gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0                    3.28.2-3
ii  gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0            
ii  gir1.2-gtk-3.0                               3.24.5-1
ii  gir1.2-gweather-3.0                          3.28.2-2
ii  gir1.2-ibus-1.0                              1.5.19-4
ii  gir1.2-mutter-3                              3.30.2-7
ii  gir1.2-nm-1.0                                1.14.6-2
ii  gir1.2-nma-1.0                               1.8.20-1.1
ii  gir1.2-pango-1.0                             1.42.4-6
ii  gir1.2-polkit-1.0                            0.105-25
ii  gir1.2-rsvg-2.0                              2.44.10-2.1
ii  gir1.2-soup-2.4                              2.64.2-2
ii  gir1.2-upowerglib-1.0                        0.99.10-1
ii  gjs                                          1.54.3-1
ii  gnome-backgrounds                            3.30.0-1
ii  gnome-settings-daemon                        3.30.2-3
ii  gnome-shell-common                           3.30.2-9
ii  gsettings-desktop-schemas                    3.28.1-1
ii  libatk-bridge2.0-0                           2.30.0-5
ii  libatk1.0-0                                  2.30.0-2
ii  libc6                                        2.28-10
ii  libcairo2                                    1.16.0-4
ii  libcanberra-gtk3-0                           0.30-7
ii  libcanberra0                                 0.30-7
ii  libcroco3                                    0.6.12-3
ii  libecal-1.2-19                               3.30.5-1
ii  libedataserver-1.2-23                        3.30.5-1
ii  libgcr-base-3-1                              3.28.1-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0                           2.38.1+dfsg-1
ii  libgirepository-1.0-1                        1.58.3-2
ii  libgjs0g                                     1.54.3-1
ii  libglib2.0-0                                 2.58.3-2
ii  libglib2.0-bin                               2.58.3-2
ii  libgstreamer1.0-0                            1.14.4-1
ii  libgtk-3-0                                   3.24.5-1
ii  libical3                                     3.0.4-3
ii  libjson-glib-1.0-0                           1.4.4-2
ii  libmutter-3-0                                3.30.2-7
ii  libnm0                                       1.14.6-2
ii  libpango-1.0-0                               1.42.4-6
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0                          1.42.4-6
ii  libpolkit-agent-1-0                          0.105-25
ii  libpolkit-gobject-1-0                        0.105-25
ii  libpulse-mainloop-glib0                      12.2-4
ii  libpulse0                                    12.2-4
ii  libsecret-1-0                                0.18.7-1
ii  libstartup-notification0                     0.12-6
ii  libsystemd0                                  241-5
ii  libx11-6                                     2:1.6.7-1
ii  libxfixes3                                   1:5.0.3-1
ii  mutter                                       3.30.2-7
ii  python3                                      3.7.3-1

Versions of packages gnome-shell recommends:
ii  bolt                  0.7-2
ii  chrome-gnome-shell    10.1-5
ii  gdm3                  3.30.2-3
ii  gkbd-capplet          3.26.1-1
ii  gnome-control-center  1:3.30.3-1
ii  gnome-user-docs       3.30.2-1
ii  iio-sensor-proxy      2.4-2
ii  switcheroo-control    1.2-2
ii  unzip                 6.0-23

Versions of packages gnome-shell suggests:
ii  gir1.2-telepathyglib-0.12   0.24.1-2
ii  gir1.2-telepathylogger-0.2  0.8.2-3

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