Jul
07
2023

When gnome-screenshot stops working in XFCE

(Add / View Comments) (0)Friday, July 7, 2023 - 08:13:07 pm
(Posted Under: Linux Linux, Gentoo)
TL;DR: xfsettingsd --replace

I use gnome-screenshot in non interactive copy to clipboard a fair bit for work these days. 'gnome-screenshot -a -c' is a launcher on my cairo-dock, and it's the bomb - until it stops working.

It seems kinda random, it'll be fine for a while, and then just stop working. Running it interactively (-i) and copying to the clipboard will continue to fine, but non interactively runs copying to the clipboard will not.

In these situations, running it via the command line in interactive mode gets really tedious really fast, if you have to do it more than once. Last time it stopped working on my, I took a look into it for a little while, but got nowhere.

I found myself in the predicament again today, and I spent a fair bit of time looking into it again to try and solve it, without a reboot, not even restarting X. I ended up learning way more about the Linux clipboard (or selection buffers I now know) than I've ever knew. Including the fact that clipboard contents is not maintained once the source program exits. Surprising that I've gone 20 something years (10 of those exclusively using a Linux desktop) without knowing that? Yep.

With that said, nothing much I read seemed that helpful to my problem. Everything suggested running a clipboard manager was the solution. My Gentoo system is pretty lean, and doesn't have one (or so I thought) and gnome-screenshot in non interactive mode works for a while, so I wasn't about to install one. Today I even found myself going as far as unpacking the gnome-screenshot source, throwing in a bunch of debugging to try find out what was going wrong. I didn't get very far with that, other than confirming that if I preventing the program from exiting in non interactive mode, pasting screenshots actually did work.

From here I jumped to my Xbuntu laptop, where things were working fine, I noticed that I use xfce4-screenshooter there, not gnome-screenshot. So I installed that on my Gentoo desktop - still no dice. It was about that time that I decided to see what X11 programs were running, and noticed xfsettingsd. Much earlier in the afternoon I'd tried restarting a bunch of xfce things (including xfdesktop) to no avail. But lo and behold, restarting xfsettingsd (xfsettingsd --replace) did the trick.

Turns out that xfsettingsd contains a clipboard manager, something had gone awry, and restarting fixes it. It just doesn't seem that there is anything on the Internet that will tell you that!

So, there you go. After suffering this problem (periodically) for years, I am quite happy to have worked it out. If taking screenshots in non interactive mode stops working under Xface, restart xfsettingsd.
Feb
27
2018

"Tremors" on Kevin Probably Saves The World

(Add / View Comments) (130)Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 08:33:35 pm
(Posted Under: 8123)
So, we're watching Kevin (Probably) Saves The World and Katie recognizes a song in the soundtrack during the scene where Kevin & Becky are playing pool.

The tune was too deep in the mix for me to even hearing it, but after rewinding it, she noticed that it was indeed one of "our" songs - Tremors by Beach Weather.

How cool, and unexpected, especially given that the band called it quits in the past couple of months. Hearing 8123 artists on prime time TV is something I could get used to.
Feb
25
2017

Bad Behavior In The Neighborhood

A Drive By Performance By The Maine

(Add / View Comments) (3)Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 03:18:01 pm
(Posted Under: Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music, 8123)
In the last week we got an email from 8123 management that the band wanted to come by this weekend and personally deliver "a special gift" for supporting the band over the years. So obviously we've been wracking our brains trying to guess what it could be.

It was somewhat of a mad dash driving back from Tucson this morning to be around for it, and get the house a bit cleaned up. Around 1pm, Tim Kirch calls to make sure that we'll be around in the next hour or so so he can drop off the "gift" from band. Unlike what we'd been thinking the past week, there was a strong implication he'd be dropping off something from the band, as opposed to the band being present.

The door bell rings about 2:30, and it's Tim, Lupe & another guy from the 8123 crew that we recognize from shows. Parked out the front of our house is a U-Haul truck, and Tim tells us the gift is big and he needs the other guy's help to get it out. What the what?!? We're even more puzzled as to what it could be.

We walk out to the curb, Tim tells us where to stand, Lupe is filming and they slide open the back door to the U-Haul. Loaded in the back are all 5 guys from The Maine, decked out in their leopard print suits from the APMAS and instruments in hand, and after a quick "hi guys!" break into Bad Behavior.



Wow - mad props to Tim who totally had us fooled. It was an awesome and surreal 3 minutes and 10 seconds as our favorite band played their new song just for us (and some confused neighbors who came out to see what the hell was going on). Humorously John gave a shout out "to those in the back" referring to someone about 6 houses away checking out the scene.

The song closed with a "good night Phoenix!". We had no idea what was going to happen next, as despite knowing we were going to be receiving something from the band, the whole thing was quite a surprise. John as always said it was great to see us, and "gotta go, we're doing this all afternoon". Too cool, their driving around Phoenix doing this for fans.

And just like that we're calling out thanks to Tim, who is packing everything up to drive on to the next location. Which raised so many questions. Is the band literally hanging out in the back of the U-Haul as they drive around Phoenix? Is Pat still in a foot brace? Will he be okay back there? How many other people are going to get this special treat?

Y'know how I always say The Maine is the best band ever? It's cause they are.
Jan
21
2017

8123 Fest - The #MakeAmericaEmoAgain Party

The Offical 8123 Fest After Party

(Add / View Comments) (0)Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:30:00 pm
(Posted Under: Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music, The Maine, 8123)
Instagram ImageIt's no surprise that DJ parties are neither my thing, nor my scene. But this was a whole hell of a lot of fun. We were pretty lucky to score Gold Bundle Tickets to 8123, and equally lucky to get tickets to the after party before they sold out.

To whatever degree, it was also nice to grab a beer and chill out a bit while the kids partied to the DJ sets. The night really kicked it up after John took over the DJ duties, and the guys from the band came out. A lot of fun, ridiculous ensued and was really cool to get to be there for.

Towards the end of the night we headed out to the Crescent patio for a smoke and a sit. Before long 2am approached, marking the 12th hour of being at the Crescent for this event. It's been getting easier to feel old these days, so it's nice to know that we can still pull of that sort of stamina. And I can't say that a certain song didn't come to mind in the wee hours of the morning, summing up this whole weekend as the patio lights came on, security announced last call and people started exiting the venue into the night...

We may not be gettin' younger
Our days might be slippin' away
Yeah we're still so fucking young
So we'll party like it's our last day

-- We'll All Be
Jan
21
2017

8123 Fest - Day Two

The Main Event

(Add / View Comments) (0)PhotosSaturday, January 21, 2017 - 02:00:00 pm
(Posted Under: Tempe Music Scene Tempe Music Scene, Music Music, The Maine, 8123)
Photobox Image

Or The Maine event? Get it? Yeah.

And what an event it was.

Given how long of a day it was going to be, we planned to show up at 2pm when the first act was starting. Considering the incredibly long merch lines even when we first walked in, we probably should have taken advantage of the Gold Ticket early entry.

John The Ghost

Photobox ImageWe talking in right as their set was beginning. This is what I can only assume is a quite rare performance of John's solo project from last year, with Jared & Brennan on guitars, Halvo on bass and Andrew Destefano on drums.

Obviously it was a short set of 5 out of the 6 songs from the EP, which was very cool to get to see performed live.

With their set over, it was time to get our bearings. Tents lined the perimeter of the parking lot behind Crescent Ballroom. Blow up cactus' were everywhere, there was some sort of bouncy house in the far corner, the Maine's graffiti-ed van was parked inside the gates. Lines of people zig-zagged through the crowd of people watching the music. It actually wasn't obvious what line was going to where. Yeah, we should have gotten here earlier.

After some wandering around, we checked out what merch there was, and got in line. A line which streamed front the merch tent, out almost to the middle of the parking lot by the sound board, curved and went right back to the merch tent and ended somewhere near the entrance. Crazy. You would think that with the ridiculous amount of money we'd spent on Thursday night there couldn't be anything else we needed to buy, but of course there was no shortage of different stuff including an 8123 Fest t-shirt only at this show.

Brighten

Photobox ImageWe were standing the sed merch line for the duration of Brighten's set, who were great. One of the bands I know the least about, they were notably jangly, which makes me regret not paying much attention in the past. I know we've seen them on tour with The Maine years and years ago, but do not remember anything about it.

At some point, Garrett walked past and stopped to say hi, much to the surprise of the girls behind us.

By the end of Brighten's set we were not that much closer to securing any merchandise.

Beach Weather

Photobox ImageBy the time Beach Weather were ready to start their set, we were at least in a better position to see the band, now at least somewhere behind the sound board. Katie held the spot in line, which I went up a little closer to watch the band.

After their set, I eventually found Katie, who'd finally made it to the merch table. Unfortunately by which time a lot of what we had wanted had sold out.

We then set out to get a drink, and find out what the deal was with the Maine cups we'd seen people carrying around. More lines - but thankfully that went a lot quicker. Turns out there was a Maine signature cocktail in a souviner cup. Of course, when we got to the bar, those too were sold out. Stuff was sold out like 2 hours into the festival - which puts into perspective what a big shing dig this whole thing was.

The Technicolors

Photobox ImageIt was about time to venture more into the crowd and find a good spot to watch The Technicolors. Obviously great as always. And it was cool to see Bob Hoag up there with them, beating the hell out of a tambourine for their first song.

Notable for their set was their opener Lilies For My Lily, which is such a great song and was oddly so familiar. I spent most of the song trying to work out if it was a cover, though it's entirely possible it's an original that I'm familiar with from other performances. Certainly if it is an original, I'm really looking forward to it being on record.

Great set, with ended with an impressively frenzied attack of the keyboard at the end of Hollywood.

A Rocket To The Moon

Photobox ImageARTTM were the defunct band that everyone wanted on this bill, and were the "secret" billing hold out until late last week. As the crowd around us tightened in, it was hard to miss the general excitement for their performance.

While I have technically seen the band before (opening for the Forever Halloween CD release - which I also remember very little about), we really got into them post humorously via Nick's involvement in Beach Weather. So it was pretty cool to get the opportunity to see them play and this time know all the songs.t

During The Summer Set it was a good chance for us to find a spot on the fringes and rest our aching feet. It had already been such a long day. It's rare for me to go to a music festival to see more than that one band I want to see. 8123 Fest was a completely different animal, with a line up of so many of your favorite bands. And as weird as it may be to say, getting to see all these bands together, and everything going on throughout the day, it was easy to forget the real reason why you were here, why this was all happening. It had already been such a great day with all the other bands.

However, once The Summer Set finished, and the stage was set up for the headliner - you started to remember again. We wandered out into the crowd to assume our spots. And as the intro music began to ring out, the rest of the day started to melt away. John, Jared, Kennedy, Garrett & Pat walked out and the night turned into something else.

Appropriately, they kicked off with We All Roll Along, with no doubt that they were the reason everyone showed up. 3,000 people crammed into the parking lot behind the Crescent Ballroom screaming "eighty one twenty three means everything to me" was quite the thing to be part of. It's always been a favorite of mine - 9 years ago the opening power quartet of tracks from Can't Stop Won't Stop defined my daily commute to work - but the song took on a whole new level of poignancy tonight in this parking lot.

The next hour and a half was a high energy show spanning the band's 10 year history. Midway through they broke out Bad Behavior which just like last night received a huge crowd response, and every word sung back to the stage.

Take Me Dancing was very welcomed surprise to the setlist.

Funnily enough, I think we'd posed the question some time this week on whether they would close out Another Night On Mars or We'll All Be. The answer was both as they were the final two songs of the night. Just like their opener, We'll All Be was incredibly poignant tonight. Throughout the set, I'll admit that we both had some emo moments. And We'll All Be was definitely one of them. Y'know, just doing a part in Making America Emo Again. [wink]

Really great night and an amazing show put on by the boys. As the lights came up and the crowd started dispersing from the car park, we took a quick stop off to the car to drop of the stuff we were carrying (cameras, t-shirts) before walking back to Crescent Ballroom to find our way in to the official after party.

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