xf86-input-synaptics + Wayland? (Gnome)


using Gnome 3.26.2 I enabled Wayland session by installing gnome-session-wayland and [FONT=arial]xorg-x11-server-wayland.
After logging in I noticed that my synaptics enabled touchpad wasn’t working anymore the same way. I guess it went back to libinput instead. However in order to use circular scrolling I need xf86-input-synaptics (and gsynaptics to enable it).

Is there a way to use the synaptics driver under Wayland?
[/FONT] Thank you.

No, Wayland uses libinput exclusively AFAIU. In any case, evdev and synaptics have already been deprecated for recent X-server and desktop environments. Gnome depends on libinput now.

That’s bad. I still depend on synaptics for circular scrolling which I cannot get to work with libinput :frowning:
Oh well, X11 it is then. I’ve opened a bug request in libinput (or rather a feature request?).

Yeah, that’s the best way forward.

Are you sure you use wayland?


Yes, definitely.
In X11 synaptics works fine, once I start a Wayland session it doesn’t, probably afaik it goes back using libinput then, which doesn’t support some features that synaptics does.

Well that’s bad news:


Won’t fix. Niche feature. Great, guess I have to stay on X11 forever moving forward. :frowning:

Well, at least you got a definitive answer. It’s not a feature I’ve ever used (I do use edge scrolling), but I can understand why you’d be disappointed with that decision.

It’s especially useful if you have a circular touchpad, which most Panasonic notebooks have:


Wow, I can’t remember the last time I saw a Panasonic laptop. Not common in NZ. I wasn’t aware of round touchpads either. I assumed a rectangular shape was best to reflect the shape of the display for practical cursor positioning. :slight_smile: