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authorPeter Hutterer <>2010-06-15 13:57:11 +1000
committerPeter Hutterer <>2010-06-16 14:04:17 +1000
commit8b3717055ab5c8d52bf5aae13e996ab4e86c2794 (patch)
parent857d579de808a95e3c8541847ec8a8845ca57c73 (diff)
man: don't call it "synaptics" touchpad driver.
Under Linux the kernel handles everything, so these days synaptics is the generic touchpad driver for anything that the kernel can handle. There aren't many synaptics-specific bits in the driver anymore. Signed-off-by: Peter Hutterer <> Reviewed-by: Fernando Carrijo <>
1 files changed, 9 insertions, 5 deletions
diff --git a/man/ b/man/
index b356919..f201230 100644
--- a/man/
+++ b/man/
@@ -2,7 +2,7 @@
.ds q \N'34'
.TH SYNAPTICS __drivermansuffix__ __vendorversion__
-synaptics \- Synaptics touchpad input driver
+synaptics \- touchpad input driver
.B "Section \*qInputDevice\*q"
@@ -15,10 +15,9 @@ synaptics \- Synaptics touchpad input driver
.B synaptics
-is an __xservername__ input driver for the touchpads from Synaptics
-Incorporated. Even though these touchpads (by default, operating in a
-compatibility mode emulating a standard mouse) can be handled by the normal
-evdev or mouse drivers, this driver allows more advanced features of the
+is an __xservername__ input driver for touchpads.
+Even though touchpads can be handled by the normal evdev or mouse drivers,
+this driver allows more advanced features of the
touchpad to become available. Some benefits would be:
.IP \(bu 4
Movement with adjustable, non-linear acceleration and speed.
@@ -64,6 +63,11 @@ that some functions are not available on all touchpad models, because
they need support from the touchpad hardware/firmware. (Multifinger
taps for example.)
+The name "synaptics" is historical and the driver still provides the
+synaptics protocol parsing code. Under Linux however, the hardware-specifics
+are handled by the kernel and this driver will work for any touchpad that
+has a working kernel driver.
Please refer to __xconfigfile__(__filemansuffix__) for general configuration
details and for options that can be used with all input drivers. This