Mouse and touchpad settings dialog layout

Guido Berhoerster gber at
Wed May 25 14:42:05 CEST 2011

* Nick Schermer <nickschermer at> [2011-05-25 07:45]:
> On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:23 AM, Guido Berhoerster <gber at> wrote:
> > * Nick Schermer <nickschermer at> [2011-05-24 23:41]:
> >> The nick/pointers branch is now functional. The wacom stylus settings
> >> are not there yet, need to figure those out first, but the synaptics
> >> tap/scroll and wacom rotation/mode are ready.
> >
> > Are you not abstracting those settings, will e.g. adding support
> > for a different touchpad model require adding a new tab and
> > collection of xfsettings?
> Well there are not a lot more drivers and yes, the settings in
> xfce4-mouse-settings are driver-specific. However xfsettingsd supports
> code for general device property storing (like xinput), so no changes
> need to be made there.
> That means it is also possible to set new properties with
> xfconf-query, but in the dialog there is some driver specific code to
> check for synaptic and wacom capabilities.
> That said, I'd be glad to support other touchpad/tablet/? drivers too,
> but I doubt there are a lot of those out there (mainstream)? Another
> option is a tool that allows to edit all properties for each device
> (and store then in the correct channel so xfsettingsd restores them on
> login).

I don't know about tablets but I do have a Sentelic touchpad in my
Netbook which is commonly used in MSI Notebooks/Netbooks (and
their OEM variants). On Linux it has its own driver and needs to
be configured through a separate tool. There is low level
documentation available with the kernel
and the details about configuration can be extracted from the
sources of the configuration tool available at

Guido Berhoerster

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