I'd like to make a python script that can run in the background but print text when a mouseevent or keyevent happens. Are there any libraries/builtin functionality to achieve this? Or any system commands I can call to get this info? Being root is no issue.
I guess, you might use python bindings for evdev: http://packages.python.org/evdev/index.html. In tutorial they give an example for keyboard, but it should be similar for mouse events:
>>> from evdev import InputDevice, categorize, ecodes >>> from select import select >>> dev = InputDevice('/dev/input/event1') >>> print(dev) device /dev/input/event1, name "Dell Dell USB Keyboard", phys "usb-0000:00:12.1-2/input0" >>> while True: ... r,w,x = select([dev], , ) ... for event in dev.read(): ... if event.type == ecodes.EV_KEY: ... print(categorize(event)) ... # hitting a and holding space key event at 1337016188.396030, 30 (KEY_A), down key event at 1337016188.492033, 30 (KEY_A), up key event at 1337016189.772129, 57 (KEY_SPACE), down key event at 1337016190.275396, 57 (KEY_SPACE), hold key event at 1337016190.284160, 57 (KEY_SPACE), up