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Old 04-27-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Update niggles with keyboard & Synaptics driver

I've gone from 13.1 to 13.37, and hit this problem. The Irish (~=gb) is gone to US, and the bar along the side of the touchpad no longer works.

So I went to the Backup (Yes, stop laughing, I had a backup) and copied in /etc/hal/fdi/policy/* which had the files for sorting slackware-13.1, but _they_ did nothing after a reboot. I have
bash-4.1$ cat 10-keymap.fdi
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!-- -*- SGML -*- -->
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys">
      <merge key="input.x11_options.XkbLayout" type="string">gb</merge>
      <merge key="input.xkb.variant" type="string" />
bash-4.1$ cat 11-x11-synaptics.fdi
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.touchpad">
        <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>
        <!-- Enable tap click by default: -->
        <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton1" type="string">1</merge>
        <!-- Arbitrary options can be passed to the driver using
             the input.x11_options property since xorg-server-1.5. -->
        <!-- EXAMPLES:
        Switch on shared memory, enables the driver to be configured at runtime
	<merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">true</merge>

	Maximum movement of the finger for detecting a tap
	<merge key="input.x11_options.MaxTapMove" type="string">2000</merge>

	Enable vertical scrolling when dragging along the right edge -->
	<merge key="input.x11_options.VertEdgeScroll" type="string">true</merge>

	<!--Enable vertical scrolling when dragging with two fingers anywhere on the touchpad
	<merge key="input.x11_options.VertTwoFingerScroll" type="string">true</merge>

	Enable horizontal scrolling when dragging with two fingers anywhere on the touchpad
	<merge key="input.x11_options.HorizTwoFingerScroll" type="string">true</merge>

	If on, circular scrolling is used
	<merge key="input.x11_options.CircularScrolling" type="string">true</merge>

	For other possible options, check CONFIGURATION DETAILS in synaptics man page -->

What did I do wrong?

Last edited by business_kid; 04-27-2011 at 02:15 PM. Reason: Premature post
Old 04-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Not sure about the first one, but synaptics configuration is done by xorg.conf instead of HAL in Current

Copy /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf into /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d and make your changes. I think you'll just have to add:
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "true"
See the synaptics man page for all available options

Last edited by piratesmack; 04-27-2011 at 05:18 PM.
Old 04-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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The keyboard layout is handled the same way as synaptics but with file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-keyboard-layout.conf. This is mentioned in the file CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT for 13.37. Well worth a read if you haven't already.
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Thanks, folks. Back to xorg.conf.d, it seems. Last time it was moved into hal.


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