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Smdev is simple device manager. It's alternative to udev, eudev and mdev.


Disable udev USE Flags

First you need to disable udev and gudev use flags.

   /etc/portage/make.conf (bash source code)
USE="$USE -udev -gudev"

Configure Input Devices

Then enable keyboard and mouse drivers instead of evdev. For touchpad you can use synaptics driver.

   /etc/portage/make.conf (bash source code)
INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse"

Rebuild World

Now you have to rebuild world for new settings to take effect.

root # emerge -uavDN @world
root # emerge -av --depclean

Emerge smdev

Now you can emerge smdev.

root # emerge -av smdev

Configure X.Org

Configure X.Org to use keyboard/kbd and mouse instead of evdev. Use "InputDevice" instead of "InputClass".

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "keyboard0"
        Driver "kbd"
        option "AutoServerLayout" "on"
        Option "XkbLayout" "fi"
Section "InputDevice"
        identifier "Mouse0"
        driver "mouse"
        option "AutoServerLayout" "on"
        option "device" "/dev/input/mice"
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "touchpad0"
        Driver "synaptics"
        option "AutoServerLayout" "on"

        Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "1"
        Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "1"

        Option "SoftButtonAreas" "65% 0 0 20% 45% 60% 0 20%"
        Option "AreaTopEdge" "20%"

Add smdev to sysinit runlevel

Now you can add smdev to sysinit runlevel.

root # rc-update del udev sysinit
root # rc-update del udev-mount sysinit
root # rc-update del udev-postmount boot
root # rc-update add smdev sysinit