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Re: xorg.conf - what to do for an input device

On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 5:35 PM, Dan Nicholson <dbn lists gmail com> wrote:
2009/1/24 Paulo Cavalcanti <promac gmail com>:
> Hi,
> I was looking at xorg.conf on Fedora 10, and
> my question is: what is the correct approach,
> when an input device does not work as it was supposed to?
> In my case, I have an old tablet (Genius) that was detected,
> but its surface area is not mapped correctly onto the screen.
> Moving the stylus less than half an inch, makes the cursor cross
> the entire screen.
> In the past, I used an alternative driver, which was configured
> in xorg.conf. Now, this same driver has an undefined external
> reference "xf86errno" in F10.
> Even if I fix the driver, since the input devices are detected
> automatically,
> the only way (I see) of using the alternative driver is including
> Section "ServerFlags"
>         Option "AutoAddDevices" "false"
> EndSection
> in xorg.conf. But this will force me to specify all other
> input drivers one by one, in xorg.conf, that is, it is an
> "all or nothing" approach. Is that correct?

Yeah. An alternative is just to disable hotplugging from HAL for a
specific device. Until the features I needed were ported to the evdev
driver, I had to keep using mouse for my trackpoint. By removing the
input.x11_driver field, Xorg won't try to hotplug it:

$ cat /etc/hal/fdi/policy/no-hotplug-trackpoint.fdi
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
  <match key="info.product" contains="TrackPoint">
    <remove key="input.x11_driver"/>

Look at the lshal output to find appropriate fields to match on for your device.

> The other option is trying to make the detected driver
> use  the correct mapping, by suppling some parameters.
> According to the instructions available here
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/EvdevInputDriver
> I would have to look at this file:
>  /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-tabletPCs.fdi
> However, I did not see anything that I could change
> to fix my problem.

I'm not really sure how the tablet calibration works. What was the old
driver you were trying to use?

It was called wizardpen. It always worked well for my tablet on FC6/F8.

However, the new X does not have xf86errno anymore. I think it is just
a plain errno now, but I am not sure.

Paulo Roma Cavalcanti

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