[Sugar-devel] testers needed: grab keys and touchpad rotation
wadetb at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 19:01:17 EST 2009
Cool! I'm looking forward to trying this when I get back to my XO....
I wonder though, is there a reason this has to be a separate daemon, and
can't just being part of the HPGK driver with a /sys/... interface for
On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM, <pgf at laptop.org> wrote:
> sorry about that. replying to add a subject...
> i wrote:
> > last week i announced a daemon that would activate the grab keys
> > on the XO keyboard.
> > a day or two later there was a thread about how it would be nice
> > if the action of the touchpad rotated with the screen (in much the
> > same way that the dpad keys do).
> > since my daemon was already looking at every input event, it seemed
> > a natural place to implement the rotation feature.
> > and after doing that, the name seemed like it should change.
> > so, announcing "olpc-kbdshim".
> > source:
> > http://dev.laptop.org/git?p=users/pgf/olpc-kbdshim
> > rpm:
> > http://dev.laptop.org/~pgf/rpms/olpc-kbdshim-1-1.i386.rpm
> > after installing the rpm you need to fully reboot your laptop to
> > get the plumbing set up properly.
> > the rpm includes a new command "olpc-rotate" which takes care of
> > all the mechanics of screen and touchpad rotation. since sugar
> > (currently) handles this key binding, the rpm postinstall script
> > patches /usr/share/sugar/shell/view/keyhandler.py so that it
> > invokes os.system("olpc-rotate") _instead_ of its current builtin
> > behavior. separating it out like this makes olpc-kbdshim and
> > olpc-rotate more useful for non-sugar UIs. i wrote the sugar
> > patch so that it won't break if you uninstall the olpc-kbdshim
> > rpm -- sugar will take over the rotate function again. also,
> > though i haven't tried it on today's brand-new sugar 0.84 (good
> > work everyone!), a look at the current keyhandler.py says the patch
> > should still apply correctly.
> > the topic of ebook-mode touchpad usage came up the other day too.
> > while i didn't create any visible UI support for it, the daemon
> > will put the touchpad in and out of ebook-mode (which means,
> > reflecting it on both x and y axes) using "olpc-rotate -e/-n"
> > please let me know what you think...
> > paul
> > p.s. btw, the daemon isn't really very olpc-specific. i've been
> > running it on my thinkpad all week, in order to get the use of
> > the grab key scrolling. the thinkpad doesn't have Windows keys
> > (which is what the XO grab keys are), but it turns out the blue
> > Fn key in the corner can be used as a modifier, so that plus my
> > trackstick gives 2D scrolling -- it came in very handy for
> > looking at the bootchart images this morning.
> paul fox, pgf at laptop.org
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