Joysticks/joypads/etc information needed for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and later

Loïc Martin loic.martin3 at
Mon Oct 20 16:40:51 UTC 2008


Stating with Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and due to changes in Xorg, each 
model of joystick needs a special file to be recognised properly. For 
the moment 8.10 doesn't ship with these files, and thus your joystick 
shouldn't be working anymore (instead, it should move the mouse cursor, 
sometimes preventing the use of the mouse until you unplug the joystick).

Since each joystick model is different, in order to provide these fdi 
files we need users to provide a little information about their joystick 
model - else your joystick may never be supported.

If you are the owner of a joystick (or any game input device, joypad, 
dance mat, etc...), can borrow somebody's joystick for 5 minutes or can 
go to a friend that has a joystick, you would be a great help if you 
could check if your joypad is listed on (not many 
at the moment), and if not follow the instructions at

Further discussion might be more suited on even though I'm 
subscribed to ubuntu-users and ubuntu-devel-discuss. Feel free to edit 
the wiki pages if there are any errors.

Please note that I'm not an Ubuntu developer, just been an Ubuntu user 
for a while
Thanks in advance,

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