RFC: HAL probing for VMware vmmouse device
mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
Mon Oct 27 04:50:42 PDT 2008
On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 05:33:33PM -0700, Philip Langdale wrote:
> The mouse appears as a regular PS/2 mouse and detecting that it's the
> special vmmouse
> a is done completely out of band; we can't change how this works for
> compatibility reasons
> so I've got to make do.
There's no possibility of it answering an extended PS/2 query? This
obviously doesn't solve the problem (since it'd need additional kernel
support and so you're screwed from an existing software point of view
anyway), but it'd be a cleaner solution going forwards.
> I've attached example fdi and callout script implementations (the
> binary that is referred to is debian/ubuntu specific but that can be folded
> a hald-probe style binary or bundled elsewhere if desired)
Hmm. The fdi seemed to be missing?
> Alternatively it could live outside of hal - possibly with the X11 driver
> itself, but I'm concerned about how successfully it would be deployed in
> that situation.
I think shipping it with vmmouse ought to work - distributions are going
to have to upgrade some component in any case.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
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