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

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Tue Oct 21 07:53:05 UTC 2008

Loïc Martin [2008-10-20 18:40 +0200]:
> 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. 

That's not actually true. The kernel already knows very well about
which device is a joystick, there is just a bug in hal to not
recognize it at all and not have a device for /dev/input/jsX.

The current model specific .fdi file in xserver-xorg-input-joystick is
really just a quick hack, but we shouldn't really go down that route.

Instead, hal needs to be fixed to properly recognize joysticks, and
add the usual "local foreground user can access the device" ACL magic.


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