Using Winamp in Windows, it's pretty easy to set up "global hotkeys" which always control that application - regardless of what else is running. This article describes how to do the same with XMMS and Gnome using global keybindings.
Note: I use Ubuntu - your steps may vary slightly for different distros.
On my keyboard, there is a set of buttons above the arrow keys that looks like this:
Which we will map to these XMMS commands:
Note: If you want to set up the buttons differently, adjust the global keybindgs (last step) to fit your needs.
The first configuration step is to establish the keybinding commands.
Lastly, we need to tell Gnome which keys to map to these actions.
That's it! A restart of the X server shouldn't be required (but you never know with these things).
As always, I'll be happy to answer any questions. Enjoy!
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