[ubuntu-uk] wacom tablets

Thomas Ibbotson thomas.ibbotson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 19 15:15:31 BST 2009

norman wrote:
> Continuing my research I came across something very interesting from a
> contributor to  http://forum.meetthegimp.org/index.php in response to my
> wish to have a button for shift and one for Ctrl. The author, who uses
> openSUSE 10.3 thought the following code, to be entered into xinitrc,
> would work in Ubuntu.
> # Define the Bamboo buttons
> #
>  if [ -x /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom ]; then
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad AbsWDn "Button 5"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad AbsWUp "Button 4"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad Button1 "Button 1"
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad Button2 "CORE KEY  SHIFT"	 
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad Button3 "Button 3"		
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Pad Button4 "CORE KEY  CTRL"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Stylus TPCButton "off"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Stylus mode "Absolute"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Stylus Button1 "Button 1"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Stylus Button2 "Button 3"	
>    /usr/local/bin/xsetwacom set Stylus Button3 "Button 2"	
>  fi
> I checked and found that, in Ubuntu 9.04, we have xinitrc but not
> xsetwacom. I presume there must be the equivalent to wsetwacom somewhere
> and probably not in /usr/local/bin.
> I would be grateful for comments from anyone who understands this code
> and how it would need to be modified to work in Ubuntu 9.04.
> Norman
Hi Norman,

This script will probably not work as in Jaunty the names "Stylus" and 
"Pad" are no longer recognised: you have to use the full names of the 
devices instead. For example on my tablet PC the name for "Stylus" is 
"Wacom Serial Tablet PC Pen Tablet/Digitizer". To find out what the 
names of your devices are you need to run "xinput --list" in a terminal. 
Then you will have to change the above script to use those names (make 
sure you enclose the names in quotes " ").

Personally I hope this will all get easier to configure in a future 
version of Ubuntu. It's pretty horrible at the moment.


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