Input device problem

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at
Mon Dec 15 08:29:46 PST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 02:26:28PM +0000, Tony Houghton wrote:

> I thought I could prevent it by configuriong HAL to remove the
> properties that say it's a keyboard though, but I failed.

The Linux input layer will deliver the events to /dev/console unless the 
device is grabbed (which will disable just that device) or the console 
is put in raw mode (which will disable all devices). When you're using 
the kbd driver, the kernel is actually delivering a multiplexed stream 
of all keyboard-type devices. By removing the entries from hal you're 
preventing evdev from automatically picking up that device, but not 
doing anything to prevent them being delivered through the console 
device. THe kernel pays no attention to any information from hal.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at

More information about the xorg mailing list