Synaptics driver not loading properly.

Colin Guthrie gmane at
Tue Jan 23 08:50:44 PST 2007

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On 1/16/07, Colin Guthrie <gmane at> wrote:
>> Just to answer my own query it appears the .la file /is/ important after
>> all. For some reason the synaptics package does not create one but the
>> hacked up version I just created appears to work well, I'll see if I can
>> contact the author of synaptics as he does not use autotools and
>> therefore I'm not sure how a .la file is created....
> It's created by libtool. Most autoconf'd packages use libtool when
> creating DSOs. I don't know how hard it is to get started with
> libtool, but below is a link to the documentation. Usually, though, it
> coordinates pretty closely with autoconf and automake, but you may be
> able to use it standalone.

Well I've posted a bug on the libsynaptics project bugtracker (I know
it's not ideal but it's the closest thing I could find for the synaptics
driver itself!

I've hacked up a completely dodgy .la file for the package in Mandriva
and I can now load the driver nicely, so it's solved (albeit hackily)
for now.

Hopefully others will benefit from this info, especially if the upstream
devs notice this and convert to autotools.

Thanks for your response.


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