There are many guides on how to configure multimedia hotkeys using program such as xev or keyTouch. However, this guide explains how to use the simple utility of acpi_listen and generate your own script for hotkeys.
Who Should be Using This Guide
Installing Necessary Tools
1) acpi 2) acpid 3) acpitool
sudo pacman -S acpi acpid acpitool
Checking that acpi_listen responds
In the terminal, under root run:
Try pressing one of your multimedia keys, such as previous or next and you should get a response that looks similar to:
hkey VALZ 00000000 00000b31
If so, then good, we can now create a script.
A Sample Script
As keyTouch and other keyboard programs did not work for me, I created my own script which reacts directly to output from acpi_listen. Here is the script, feel free to use it / modify it to suit your needs. i=`acpi_listen -c 1` case "$i" in "hkey VALZ 00000000 00000b31") #echo "PREVIOUS" exaile -p ;; "hkey VALZ 00000000 00000b32") #echo "NEXT" exaile -n ;; "hkey VALZ 00000000 00000b33") exaile -t ;; "hkey VALZ 00000000 00000b30") #echo "STOP" exaile -s ;; *) #echo "ELSE: $i" ;; esac e=`echo $STOP_MYHOTKEY` if [ "$e" != "1" ] then ./myHotkey.sh & fi Note: This does not need to be run as root, if you can receive an acpi_listen response from a user accounty.