tablet-support in Ubuntu > lshal output for game devices (joysticks/joypads/etc)

Loïc Martin loic.martin3 at
Tue Oct 14 20:10:59 UTC 2008

Timo Aaltonen wrote:
> On Sun, 5 Oct 2008, Loïc Martin wrote:
>> Timo Aaltonen wrote:
>>> By default, the evdev-driver handles all input devices that HAL is 
>>> aware of and which list input.keys/input.mouse as a capability of 
>>> the device. Evdev might not be the best choice for example touchpads 
>>> or tablets, and that's why there needs to be a driver specific HAL 
>>> fdi-file that makes the device use the correct driver. This is true 
>>> for synaptics touchpads, wacom tablets and (some) joysticks (WIP).
>> If a device isn't handled properly by the evdev-driver, should start 
>> filing bugs against xserver-xorg-input-evdev for not providing a 
>> driver specific HAL fdi-file, or do these have to be filed against 
>> another package (xorg?)?
> Against the driver which _should_ handle the device, for example 
> xserver-xorg-input-joystick.
I managed to collect 5 joystick/joypads/etc and created a generic bug in 
launchpad against xserver-xorg-input-joystick, with 5 lshal output for 
them, along with a diff against a default lshal output (no pad attached):

I didn't submit 5 different bugs because I thought having a bug already 
created with some example files would allow normal users an easy way to 
attach their joystick output. I'll update the description of the bug to 
details easy steps (newbie friendly) to obtain the output and attach it 
(maybe also with a diff, since in at least one occasion finding the 
relevant part wasn't obvious).

Before doing that, I'd just like to know if you prefer just the diff 
(would shorten the bug, which hopefully will contain other outputs for 
different pads), or just the output. The diff would also make it easier 
for newbies to check their output is relevant.

I can then send an email (with a catchier subject) tu ubuntu-users, 
ubuntu-devel-discuss along with (a) post(s) in the ubuntu forums, so 
we'll get a better coverage.

P.S.: I'm also subscribed to and 
since I can crash X repetitively with ease (and with many joysticks ;) ) 
you can pm me if you want me to test a few things. I'll be available GMT 
10 am to around 9 pm, almost everyday, last time (for wacom support in 
Feisty if you remember) it worked really well (I'll keep the 5 pads for 
a while).

I've had issues with wacom support, but I'll make that the subject of 
another email ;)


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