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Edited () at 2020-08-15 by Muhammad Herdiansyah


As of the 20/01/2020, it is now possible to replace eudev with the device
manager of your choosing. This Wiki page will cover replacing eudev with
busybox mdev, however the steps are more or less the same for all other device
managers (smdev, vdev, ...).


- Xorg will be unable to automatically detect input devices.
- Libinput will be unable to use its quirks system.


- Use any device manager, swap between them or use none at all.
- Alternatives are simpler and lighter.
- Faster boot process.


1. Make note of your current XKB rules, model and layout.

   Xorg compiled without eudev may require manual configuration to correctly set
   the keyboard's layout and other settings. The following command can be used
   to detect the current configuration from a working machine.

       $ setxkbmap -query
         rules:      evdev
         model:      pc105
         layout:     us

2. Make note of your keyboard and mouse's /dev/input/event* entries.

   We also need to point Xorg to the input device's device entries in
   /dev/input. The following command lists all current input devices.

       $ xinput
       | Virtual core pointer                id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
       |   | Virtual core XTEST pointer      id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
       |   | touchpad0                       id=6    [slave  pointer  (2)]
       | Virtual core keyboard               id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
           | Virtual core XTEST keyboard     id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
           | keyboard0                       id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]

   My keyboard has the ID '7'. The following command prints its information
   including the needed device node location.

       $ xinput --list-props 7
       Device 'keyboard0':
       Device Enabled (169):   1
       libinput Send Events Modes Available (316):     1, 0
       libinput Send Events Mode Enabled (317):        0, 0
       libinput Send Events Mode Enabled Default (318):        0, 0
       Device Node (319):      "/dev/input/event4"
       Device Product ID (320):        1, 1

   The "Device Node (XXX):" line displays the location in /dev/ of my keyboard
   and is the value we will use when configuring Xorg. My keyboard is located
   at /dev/input/event4. This command should be repeated for any other input


When Xorg is built without eudev, Xorg will be unable to automatically find and
use input devices. This requires the use of a "static" configuration using
.conf files.

NOTE: For this example I am configuring a touchpad alongside the
      keyboard. The 10-touchpad.conf file should be 1:1 transferable
      to a mouse's configuration.

NOTE: The below files should live in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/.

* 10-keyboard.conf

  The 10-keyboard.conf file is used to tell Xorg how it should setup the
  keyboard and which device node it should interact with.

  Section "InputDevice"
      Identifier "keyboard0"
      Option     "CoreKeyboard"
      Option     "AutoServerLayout" "true"

      # Use the libinput driver.
      Driver     "libinput"

      # This must point to the '/dev/input'
      # entry of your touchpad or mouse.
      Option     "Device" "/dev/input/event4"

      # Change the values of these to match
      # the detected layout of the command
      # 'setxkbmap -query'.
      Option     "XkbLayout" "us"
      Option     "XkbModel"  "pc105"
      Option     "XkbRules"  "evdev"

* 10-touchpad.conf

  The 10-touchpad.conf file is used to tell Xorg how it should setup the
  touchpad and which device node it should interact with.

  Section "InputDevice"
      Identifier "touchpad0"
      Option     "CorePointer"
      Option     "AutoServerLayout" "true"

      # Use the libinput driver.
      Driver     "libinput"

      # This must point to the '/dev/input'
      # entry of your touchpad or mouse.
      Option     "Device" "/dev/input/event5"

      # libinput options (optional).
      Option     "ScrollMethod" "twofinger"
      Option     "TappingDrag" "true"
      Option     "Tapping" "true"


* Disable the udevd service

  NOTE: From this point forward any device manager hotplugging functionality
        will be unusable.

  $ unlink /var/service/udevd

* Remove the eudev package

  The removal is forced as the packages which depend on eudev will be rebuilt.

  $ KISS_FORCE=1 kiss r eudev

* Generate a list of all packages which need to be rebuilt

  $ kiss-revdepends eudev

* Rebuild all required packages

  NOTE: Some packages may have a mandatory dependency on eudev. You may receive
        errors when attempting to rebuild them. Simply re-install eudev until
        you are able to investigate further.

  NOTE: If the package manager pulls in eudev as part of the rebuild process,
        the package you are trying to rebuild has a mandatory dependency on
        eudev (and you cannot continue this exercise).

  $ kiss b libinput xorg-server

* Verify that the eudev dependence is gone

  The following command should output nothing. If it does not, the outputted
  packages require a rebuild.

  $ kiss-revdepends eudev


* busybox mdev

  Simply enable the `mdev` service.

  ln -s /etc/sv/mdev/ /var/service

* Other device managers

  Open an issue in $/ as the init scripts will need support for
  other device managers.


If all went well, you should now be using mdev as your device manager while
retaining a fully working graphical environment. If input doesn't work under
Xorg, refer to the Xorg log file for information.


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