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linux spotify media keys are sometimes not working after another media is played, and spotify is restarted. this command fixes it
dbus-monitor | grep --line-buffered interface=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player | grep --line-buffered -v spotify | awk -W interactive -F'member=' '{print $2}' | xargs -L1 -I {} dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.{}
# when you play another media, and restart spotify, media keys get sent to another destination.
# in my case, it was VLC. output from dbus-monitor:
#
# method call time=1586780292.910122 sender=:1.58 -> destination=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.vlc serial=1878 path=/org/mpris/MediaPlayer2; interface=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player; member=PlayPause
# so I piped together a few commands, which got the wrong dbus output, and forwarded it to spotify.
# run:
# bash spotify-media-key-fix.sh &
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