Syntax error near unexpected token `('


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# 8  
Hi drew77...

And it is Python 2.x.x too and would fail without mods on Python 3.x.x.

you could use: cat /dev/input/mice but I suspect it will produce lots of garbage unless you know how to decode what is presented during mouse movement.

EDIT:
This will not be portable so be well aware!

Bazza.

Last edited by wisecracker; 03-22-2019 at 10:51 AM.. Reason: See EDIT:
# 9  
I did not know it was a python script until later.

I pasted the code into one of my blank bash scripts.

--- Post updated at 09:45 AM ---

Code:
read -n1 TMP </dev/input/mice
bash: /dev/input/mice: Permission denied

Would you care to have a crack at this?

#!/bin/bash
#
#

xidle -delay 5 -sw -program "/home/andy/bin/test.sh" -timeout 5
exit 0

What can I do when a script hangs?

Ctrl C does not work. Is closing the terminal the only option?
# 10  
Quote:
Originally Posted by drew77
I did not know it was a python script until later.

I pasted the code into one of my blank bash scripts.
Code:
read -n1 TMP </dev/input/mice
bash: /dev/input/mice: Permission denied

Then it looks as though your Linux flavour requires '/' - root access.
So you will have to use 'read' as root user.

Also I know that there is binary inside the garbage so you might have to add the '-r' flag, read -r -n1 TMP </dev/input/mice to accept raw data.
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# 11  
Then it looks as though your Linux flavour requires '/' - root access.

I used

Code:
sudo read -n1 TMP </dev/input/mice
bash: /dev/input/mice: Permission denied

# 12  
OK.

Are you an admin user of said computer, or standard with no admin access?
If so switch to an admin user and run from direct root.

Also give us the results of:

ls -l /dev/input

And:
Code:
cd /dev/input
ls -l

Ensure '/dev' directory is at least r-x and the 'input' directory is also at least 'r-x'; (you are reading a device so 'w' is not needed) using:
Code:
ls -l /
cd /dev
ls -l

# 13  
Quote:
Are you an admin user of said computer, or standard with no admin access?
If so switch to an admin user and run from direct root.
Not quite clear? I am the only user of my computer.

Code:
ls  -l /dev/input 
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     100 Mar 22 15:40 by-id
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     120 Mar 22 15:40 by-path
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 64 Mar 22 15:40 event0
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 65 Mar 22 15:40 event1
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 74 Mar 22 15:40 event10
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 75 Mar 22 15:40 event11
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 66 Mar 22 15:40 event2
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 67 Mar 22 15:40 event3
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 68 Mar 22 15:40 event4
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 69 Mar 22 15:40 event5
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 70 Mar 22 15:40 event6
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 71 Mar 22 15:40 event7
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 72 Mar 22 15:40 event8
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 73 Mar 22 15:40 event9
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 63 Mar 22 15:40 mice
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 32 Mar 22 15:40 mouse0

Code:
ls -l
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     100 Mar 22 15:40 by-id
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     120 Mar 22 15:40 by-path
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 64 Mar 22 15:40 event0
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 65 Mar 22 15:40 event1
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 74 Mar 22 15:40 event10
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 75 Mar 22 15:40 event11
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 66 Mar 22 15:40 event2
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 67 Mar 22 15:40 event3
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 68 Mar 22 15:40 event4
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 69 Mar 22 15:40 event5
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 70 Mar 22 15:40 event6
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 71 Mar 22 15:40 event7
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 72 Mar 22 15:40 event8
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 73 Mar 22 15:40 event9
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 63 Mar 22 15:40 mice
crw-rw---- 1 root input 13, 32 Mar 22 15:40 mouse0

Looks like both are at least rx.

drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 360 Mar 22 15:40 input


drwxr-xr-x 21 root root 4600 Mar 22 15:40 dev

--- Post updated at 04:17 PM ---

andy@7_~$ su
Password:
su: Authentication failure

--- Post updated at 04:22 PM ---

My script works if I use sudo -i

Can I run the script without having to input the password?
# 14  
OK.


From an actual root user go to the '/dev/input' drawer and:
cat < mouse0
AND:
cat < mice
...and in each see if mouse movement presents garbage on the terminal window.
Ctrl-C should quit the test(s).

The redirection is implicit normally but I have known when attacking the HW normal rules sometimes do not apply so one has to be explicit.

One of the 'events' does the same but it was ages ago and I can't remember which one it is.

--- Post updated at 09:48 PM ---

Hi drew77...

I am pretty sure on a personal system you need root access to mess with HW devices.
But this was 10+ years ago when I hammered the HW via its device structure on a Linux tool.


Do you not have root access at all as an admin?
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