[PATCH] RFC: remove repeater functionality from xf86-input-synaptics

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Fri Oct 3 01:38:17 PDT 2008

Thanks, applied and pushed.

I added a man-page fix to this patch as well so the removal is documented.


On Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 03:00:39PM +0100, Magnus Kessler wrote:
> I would like to propose to remove the repeater functionality completely from 
> the synaptics touchpad driver. It is buggy in its current implementation 
> and its usefulness is questionable.
> According to the INSTALL file, the repeater is there only for testing. In 
> fact, if a supported device is found even a configured repeater fifo is 
> automatically disabled. For most users the functionality is therefore 
> irrelevant and can be confusing. If I understand the workings of the 
> repeater correctly, a developer could instead just read the data directly 
> from an unsupported device's character special file under /dev 
> or /dev/input.
> With today's more dynamic device configuration possibilities via udev and 
> hal it's also less likely that the synaptics driver would silently block 
> another devices data, this situation being for what the repeater 
> functionality seems to have been introduced in the past.
> Please review the attached patch and apply if appropriate.
> Best Regards,
> Magnus Kessler

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