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

Caroline Ford at
Tue Oct 21 03:38:21 UTC 2008

If we really have broken everyone's joysticks it's bad that we've
found out so late in the development cycle. I suspect we'll have some
very unhappy gamers.

Thanks very much for doing work on this.


On 10/20/08, Loïc Martin <loic.martin3 at> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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,
> Loïc
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