Libinput touchpad driver not taking precedence over synaptics

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pelzflorian (Florian Pelz) wrote on 27 Apr 2019 17:19
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On my Macbook the buggy synaptics driver gets used. The definition of
%default-xorg-modules indicates libinputs is meant to be the default.

The bug appears to be described on the Arch wiki, I quote

“Tip: If you have libinput and synaptics installed in parallel with
default configuration (i.e. no files in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d for
either), synaptics will take precedence due to its higher numeric
order 70- in the default installation directory. To avoid this, you
can symlink the default libinput configuration (40-libinput.conf) to
/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ where directory search order precedence over
70-synaptics.conf will take place instead: […]”

The description on the Arch wiki matches the contents of
/gnu/store/q585is6vky5hldb4j878ihqn60j1214a-xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad catchall"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
[…]
EndSection

and of
/gnu/store/q585is6vky5hldb4j878ihqn60j1214a-xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "libinput touchpad catchall"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Driver "libinput"
EndSection

and of /var/log/Xorg.0.log:

[ 810.978] (II) config/udev: Adding input device bcm5974 (/dev/input/event12)
[ 810.978] (**) bcm5974: Applying InputClass "evdev touchpad catchall"
[ 810.978] (**) bcm5974: Applying InputClass "libinput touchpad catchall"
[ 810.978] (**) bcm5974: Applying InputClass "touchpad catchall"
[ 810.979] (**) bcm5974: Applying InputClass "Default clickpad buttons"
[ 810.979] (**) bcm5974: Applying InputClass "Disable clickpad buttons on Apple touchpads"
[ 810.979] (II) LoadModule: "synaptics"

Perhaps you could change the numbering.

Regards,
Florian
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pelzflorian (Florian Pelz) wrote on 11 Aug 2019 09:44
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On Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 05:19:16PM +0200, pelzflorian (Florian Pelz) wrote:
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> On my Macbook the buggy synaptics driver gets used. The definition of
> %default-xorg-modules indicates libinputs is meant to be the default.
> […]

Apparently the reason synaptics is preferred over libinput upstream is
that upstream does not expect users to install the synaptics driver
(or wacom driver) unless they have trouble with libinput.

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> commit 59e5db025307404fbfbc82f2fb3fe91d6a3005d7
> Author: Stefan Dirsch <sndirsch@suse.de>
> Date: Thu May 19 17:35:57 2016 +0200
>
> conf: rename to 70-synaptics.conf
>
> Bump up the synaptics driver to 70, so it get's preferred over libinput, which
> was dropped down to 60. The synaptics driver is more of a leaf package
> than libinput (which covers a multitude of device types) and can be removed by
> default. When specifically installed by the user, the synaptics driver should
> override the system default.
>
> Similar to what was done for wacom configuration file.
>
> https://bugzilla.suse.com/show_bug.cgi?id=979554
>
> Signed-off-by: Stefan Dirsch <sndirsch@suse.de>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer@who-t.net>

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> commit 0f7c5ed02d4f2de34c6fb1fc3f4debceef08d0d7
> Author: Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer@who-t.net>
> Date: Tue Aug 30 12:42:58 2016 +1000
>
> conf: drop libinput to below the other drivers
>
> This is the continuation of 3f569ec493e, dropping libinput below the remaining
> drivers. Wacom and synaptics already sort higher anyway (see wacom commit
> 0da5cd54 and synaptics commit 59e5db025). evdev remains the catchall
> basic fallback driver and is overwritten by libinput. The two drivers affected
> by this patch are joystick and vmmouse.
>
> joystick is a niche driver and drives devices libinput doesn't handle anyway
> so there is no need to override. If a user installs it, presumably it is to
> use it.
>
> vmmouse is a niche driver and does not assign itself anymore for newer kernel
> drivers (see vmmouse commit 576e8123 from Oct 2014). So if vmmouse is
> installed it can safely sort higher than libinput.
>
> Note: this is upstream behavior, distributions have to work out the wanted
> behavior themselves by renaming the config snippets accordingly.
>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Hutterer <peter.hutterer@who-t.net>
> Reviewed-by: Hans de Goede <hdegoede@redhat.com>

Therefore the best course of action might be to remove synaptics from
Guix’ defaults for xorg.conf.d instead of changing the numbering.

Regards,
Florian
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Tobias Geerinckx-Rice wrote on 30 Nov 2020 22:47
Libinput touchpad driver not taking precedence over synaptics
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Florian Pelz wrote:
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> Therefore the best course of action might be to remove synaptics
> from Guix’ defaults for xorg.conf.d instead of changing the
> numbering.

Yes, I'm all for giving this a go on master! We can always revert
if there's an uptick in real[0] bugs.

Kind regards,

T G-R

[0] ‘I preferred the feel of the legacy driver’ isn't one.
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