A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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Hey guys, I had a lot of trouble and it took me quite a while to find a solution to this problem and it arises from using a suggestion present in the "Release Notes" section.

My laptop works really well with the Synaptics touchpad drivers and they're not default in the newer versions. When using the instructions from the "Touchpad drivers" section, the touchpad driver is replaced with the correct ones, but every other input stops working, as libinput stops controlling everything else.

What solved my problem was installing the package xserver-xorg-input-all as well, the final command is:

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apt install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
That way, synaptics controls the touchpad and everything else uses libinput drivers.

I don't know if it's a recurring theme over here, but I think that may help other users.

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Re: A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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Thanks

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Re: A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

Post by clem »

Hi gf10,

Was installing synaptics on its own trying to remove something otherwise?

Looking at my lists here, I see xserver-xorg-input-all is already installed by default in every release/edition.
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Re: A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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clem wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:51 am
Hi gf10,

Was installing synaptics on its own trying to remove something otherwise?

Looking at my lists here, I see xserver-xorg-input-all is already installed by default in every release/edition.
Hey clem, sorry for the late reply

You are correct, xserver-xorg-input-all is installed in every release. One thing I didn't notice before your comment is that installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics will actually remove xserver-xorg-input-all and a bunch of other packages, as you can see here (testing in a VM):
https://i.imgur.com/VRausev.png

Therefore, reinstalling xserver-xorg-input-all might actually be a necessary extra step.

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Re: A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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gf10 wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:52 pm
You are correct, xserver-xorg-input-all is installed in every release. One thing I didn't notice before your comment is that installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics will actually remove xserver-xorg-input-all and a bunch of other packages, as you can see here (testing in a VM):
https://i.imgur.com/VRausev.png

Therefore, reinstalling xserver-xorg-input-all might actually be a necessary extra step.
It's not, the 19.3 release notes are just pointing to the wrong package and should get fixed. On 19.3 you must install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics-hwe-18.04. On 19.3 systems where you've already done the damage, install xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04 again first.

PS: I like your forum handle. :lol:
Tune up your LM 19+: ppa:gm10/linuxmint-tools

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Re: A small footnote for the "Release Notes" page

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gm10 wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:27 pm
gf10 wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:52 pm
You are correct, xserver-xorg-input-all is installed in every release. One thing I didn't notice before your comment is that installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics will actually remove xserver-xorg-input-all and a bunch of other packages, as you can see here (testing in a VM):
https://i.imgur.com/VRausev.png

Therefore, reinstalling xserver-xorg-input-all might actually be a necessary extra step.
It's not, the 19.3 release notes are just pointing to the wrong package and should get fixed. On 19.3 you must install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics-hwe-18.04. On 19.3 systems where you've already done the damage, install xserver-xorg-hwe-18.04 again first.

PS: I like your forum handle. :lol:
Good tip, just tested and it works too. Very nice handle, btw :lol: :lol: :lol:

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