Now that Fedora 37 launched, I decided to wipe my main laptop and do a clean installation. I made some poor configuration choices while in a hurry over the past year and the mess finally caught up with me.
The latest version of the i3 spin caught my eye and I used it for the installation. Once my laptop booted up, I noticed a volume icon in my system tray that appeared automatically. I’ve normally used pasystray for this task, but volumeicon came with the i3 spin.
The volumeicon tray icon has a few handy features:
- Notifications via libnotify (or GTK) when something sound-related changes
- Quick access to muting and unmuting a sound device via clicking the icon
- Access to sound mixers and preferences via a right click
However, it also catches key presses from my volume keys on my laptop. Catching the volume keys is disabled by default but you can change that via its configuration file.
Normally, I would have an i3 configuration snippet like this one:
# Use pactl to adjust volume in PulseAudio. set $refresh_i3status killall -SIGUSR1 i3status bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +10% && $refresh_i3status bindsym XF86AudioLowerVolume exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ -10% && $refresh_i3status bindsym XF86AudioMute exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-mute @DEFAULT_SINK@ toggle && $refresh_i3status bindsym XF86AudioMicMute exec --no-startup-id pactl set-source-mute @DEFAULT_SOURCE@ toggle && $refresh_i3status
That works fine, but volumeicon can handle this for us.
Here’s my current volumeicon configuration in
[Alsa] card=default [Notification] show_notification=true notification_type=0 [StatusIcon] stepsize=5 onclick=pavucontrol theme=Default use_panel_specific_icons=false lmb_slider=false mmb_mute=false use_horizontal_slider=false show_sound_level=true use_transparent_background=false [Hotkeys] up_enabled=true down_enabled=true mute_enabled=true up=XF86AudioRaiseVolume down=XF86AudioLowerVolume mute=XF86AudioMute
I’ve changed a few things from the defaults:
- Enabled notifications via GTK (libnotify notifications didn’t look great)
- Enabled the volume keys in the
i3 takes care of starting the icon for me with
exec --no-startup-id volumeicon
Log out and log in again to test the changes.
This is post 2 of 100 in the #100DaysToOffload challenge.