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  • Hi guys, hoping someone can help. I'm probably going about this all wrong but I'm trying to create a button on my TV remote that will open Kodi with one click. I've been trying to do this by modifying this script:

    I've edited, and added to, the block from lines 173 & 174, so it now reads:

    elif "exit" in line:
    elif "green" in line:
                Kodi = subprocess.Popen("/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/ports/")

    but it just won't work while I'm in EmulationStation. Like I said, I'm probably way off the mark here, but if anyone has any ideas, it'd be appreciated.

  • Global Moderator

    Kodi probably doesn't like that Emulationstation is started and has control of the screen - try exiting Emulationstation first, then start Kodi.

  • @mitu What happens when you load a rom from the ES menu? It is suspended and then resumed somehow (as it loads back up in the same place you left it)?

  • Global Moderator

    The 'suspend & resume' is triggered internally by Emulationstation, when it starts the emulator/game, it's not accessible externally.

  • @mitu Ah, that scuppers those plans then. I think I'll give this up as a failed experiment. I did manage to get Kodi to launch from my green button by importing psutil and check_output and changing the code to

    espid = int(check_output(["pidof","-s","emulationstation"])) 
    es = psutil.Process(espid)
    Kodi = subprocess.Popen("/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/ports/")

    But then the script would no longer start from my crontab on boot so not really usable.

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