Cannot change Audio Devices with pactl command via keyboard shortcut. Probably missing something easy


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Apologize for the inconvenience. I recently reinstalled Garuda due to running into issues after the Wayland update. After install everything works perfectly except this.

I made a short script to change between my headphones and my soundbar. When clicked on they work as intended, when set as a shortcut they do not work.

For Headphones:


pactl set-default-sink alsa_output.usb-Creative_Technology_Ltd_Sound_Blaster_X3_FA182CDA70AD66A1-03.analog-stereo

For Soundbar:


pactl set-default-sink alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1f.3.iec958-stereo.2

I have made both files executable as well. I attempted to set it as a shortcut command via shortcuts to no avail. If I manually type in the command for either they work.

I feel like I am missing something very rudimentary that is going to make me feel stupid and I know it.

I have tried the following.

  1. Setting each command in shortcuts as a Command
  2. Creating the files and setting those in Shortcuts

I have been searching for hours and I just cant find what I am missing to make this work. There was a program that worked in X11 that i used, but it is no longer viable in Wayland.

All help is greatly appreciated, thank you all for this amazing OS, and for all the past (and present) help. :slight_smile:

i think you might have same issue as i do, are you using wayland session, have you tried that with x11?
for wayland keyboard shortcurts are not working properly on plasma 6 but i think its more issue of wayland because x11 works for me

i have setup dummy python script to a keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + Y, after executing it works

on bottom screenshot, at bottom right is a rounding icon,

but what i have checked previously it will only work when you focus (click on shortcut window and it’s opened) on window, on x11 it works normally but on wayland not

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Yes to Wayland
Yes it does work in X11
When focusing it works as intended as well.

I have set several scripts on X11 and they all work as intended. Trying to not go back to X11 if i have to. For now, I have set a macro on my keychron keyboard to open a terminal and type the command to change it as a work around for now.

Apologies on the late reply as well. I will try and keep a better eye on the thread haha. :sweat_smile:

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No issues at least you have responded. Yes i have the same issue because obs studio on wayland is not working with shortcuts so i cannot record anything, but when that will be resplved i have no idea, hopefully soon

I am not having the issue with OBS. Just flameshot and this. I managed to fix flameshot with custom window rules and OBS just decided to work after a reinstall. Fingers crossed this is fixed relatively soon. My muscle memory is very angry right now.

I was able to make shortcuts of the volume switchers and pin them to my task bar. thats been a work around so far.

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Okay i will try also reinstalling the obs