An example of how things should *not* be done

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at
Wed Apr 23 00:23:36 UTC 2008

Ideally, couldn't the install script for xserver-input-wacom add the
necessary stuff to xorg.conf itself?

I imagine that would lead to really ugly xorg configuration files,
though, as we see with the old Screens & Graphics tool. I guess what
we need is a magical, open-ended and centralized tool for configuring
xorg.conf that everyone (including the end user) uses. Would help if
this wasn't a single big file...


On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM, Vincenzo Ciancia <ciancia at> wrote:
> Please anybody, don't take this e-mail personally. I just want to point
> out an example where a not-so-well-tought decision has caused troubles
> to a niche of users who are too few to get listened to. I love you all
> and hardy is really pretty. I report this story here just because I
> think it has something to teach to every ubuntu developer.
> Regarding the wacom enabled/disabled by default issues, by googling
> better, I found the culprit:
> The funny thing is that the title is the same as the one of my previous
> thread in this mailing list, replacing "disabled" with "enabled" by
> default!
> A lot of people wanted it disabled because kde applications gave errors
> at startup, and the log file in their home directory became huge. This
> is a very good reason, and having the configuration in xorg was really
> strange given that few people have tablet PCs.
> Then, Bryce Harrington posted on the bug report more or less the same
> patch to dexconf that I posted here:
> and then Bryce himself *disabled* wacom setup *without* using his own
> patch to conditionally re-enable the setup in xorg
> whenever /dev/input/wacom exists. I can't know why. My patch could have
> been Bryce's patch since 2007-06-13, and wacom would have been not
> broken in gutsy.
> There is no apparent reason for this choice, that was just a quick
> decision to close the bug. In one of the comments therein I even read
> "how many people use tabletPCs with ubuntu anyway?" - enough it seems to
> have some 30 subscribers for this long standing issue that was closed in
> feisty:
> In any case, have a good night and a good release, and thanks for the
> overall very good work from release to release. It seems that I can give
> an ubuntu cd to everybody and make them happy (I am known as the ubuntu
> guy in my department and everybody talks to me about how beatiful they
> find their new ubuntu and thank me for helping them in set up), but I am
> doomed to see my own laptop more and more broken in new releases it
> seems :)
> Vincenzo
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