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==joy2key - make Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2 "hat" (a.k.a. d-pad) work in XBMC again==
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[[Category:Input devices]]
References to the source where I learned about this:
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{{Out of date|[[ConsoleKit]] is deprecated, {{ic|ck-launch-session}} should not be used. See also [[General Troubleshooting#Session permissions]].<br>Further, [[initscripts]] are mentioned ({{ic|/etc/inittab}}), also deprecated.}}
[http://hans.fugal.net/blog/2007/06/02/joystick-hat-in-x-plane-in-linux/]
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''Linux reports joystick hats as axes, because that's what the device reports them as.''
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===Use a joystick/gamepad to control applications which accept keyboard commands===
XBMC 10.0 or probably a recent Arch update (SDL?) broke the hat functionality for me.
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{{Note|This solution may not work with XBMC 11.0 and joy2key 1.6.3-1. An alternative and more direct approach is described in the [[Joystick#Joystick_sending_keystrokes|Joystick wiki page]].}}
On XBMC startup, xbmc.log shows 0 hats and 6, instead of 4, axes:
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I use [http://interreality.org/~tetron/technology/joy2key/ joy2key] to work around issues with the Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2 "hat" (a.k.a. d-pad) in [http://xbmc.org/ XBMC].
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XBMC 10.0 or probably a recent Arch update (SDL?) broke the joystick hat functionality for me.
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On XBMC startup, {{ic|xbmc.log}} shows 0 hats and 6 - instead of 4 - axes:
 
  17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Enabled Joystick: Logitech Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2
 
  17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Enabled Joystick: Logitech Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2
 
  17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Details: Total Axis: 6 Total Hats: 0 Total Buttons: 12
 
  17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Details: Total Axis: 6 Total Hats: 0 Total Buttons: 12
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My solution was to install [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=32517 joy2key] from [[AUR]]. Here's my config:
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My solution was to install {{AUR|joy2key}} from the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]]. Here is my config which could potentially save you hours of frustration or fun, depending on how you look at it:
 
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  # ~/.joy2keyrc
 
  # ~/.joy2keyrc
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  # actions: Left/Right/Up/Down (arrow keys) - first letter capital!
 
  # actions: Left/Right/Up/Down (arrow keys) - first letter capital!
 
  #          plus/minus (ASCII characters) - lower case!
 
  #          plus/minus (ASCII characters) - lower case!
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#          blank = special
 
  # more info in /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h
 
  # more info in /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h
 
  #
 
  #
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  # EoF
 
  # EoF
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joy2key needs to start before XBMC. Here's my standalone XBMC box config:
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joy2key needs to start '''after''' XBMC to be able to see its window. Here's my XBMC standalone system config:
 
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  #
 
  # ~/.xinitrc
 
  # ~/.xinitrc
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  setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp &
 
  setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp &
 
   
 
   
  # After a delay, start joy2key with XBMC config.
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  # Start joy2key after XBMC has been detected running. (Function takes arguments, some optional.)
  (sleep 5 && joy2key "XBMC Media Center" -config xbmc) &
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  start_joy2key()
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{
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  for n in $(seq $4 || seq 5)
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  do
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    xwininfo -display :0 -name "$1" >/dev/null 2>&1 && joy2key "$1" -config "$2"
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    sleep $3 || sleep 3
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  done
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}
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# syntax: start_joy2key <window name> <config file> [wait # of sec between tries] [repeat # of times]
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start_joy2key "XBMC Media Center" xbmc 3 5 &
 
   
 
   
 
  # Start XBMC.
 
  # Start XBMC.
  ck-launch-session xbmc-standalone --nolirc
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  ck-launch-session xbmc-standalone
 
   
 
   
 
  # EoF
 
  # EoF
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More information on how to install XBMC on Arch: [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW-TO_install_XBMC_for_Linux_on_Arch_Linux,_a_Step-by-Step_Guide]
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And here is my joy2key config section for controlling [[Boxee-source]]:
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START boxee
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-X
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-axis blank blank Page_Up Page_Down blank blank plus minus Left Right Up Down
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# .......1.2......3......4.5....6.....7...........8............9.0.1.2
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-buttons v Return Escape c Left Right bracketleft bracketright i z s h
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Add this to {{ic|~/.xinitrc}} below the XBMC section to alternate between launching XBMC and Boxee:
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start_joy2key Boxee boxee 3 3 &
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ck-launch-session /opt/boxee/run-boxee-desktop
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This gets respawned over and over from {{ic|/etc/inittab}}:
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x:5:respawn:/bin/su xbmc -l -c "/bin/bash --login -c /usr/bin/startx >/dev/null 2>&1"
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References to the sources where I learned about this:
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*[http://hans.fugal.net/blog/2007/06/02/joystick-hat-in-x-plane-in-linux/] blog entry: ''Joystick Hat in X-Plane in Linux''
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*[http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=646564] Ubuntu forum post: ''How to use joy2key for SIXAXIS joypad (or any really!) ''
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*[http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux#Autostarting_XBMC] XBMC wiki: ''Installing XBMC for Linux > Autostarting XBMC''

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Reason: ConsoleKit is deprecated, ck-launch-session should not be used. See also General Troubleshooting#Session permissions.
Further, initscripts are mentioned (/etc/inittab), also deprecated. (Discuss in Talk:Joy2key#)

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Use a joystick/gamepad to control applications which accept keyboard commands

Note: This solution may not work with XBMC 11.0 and joy2key 1.6.3-1. An alternative and more direct approach is described in the Joystick wiki page.


I use joy2key to work around issues with the Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2 "hat" (a.k.a. d-pad) in XBMC.

XBMC 10.0 or probably a recent Arch update (SDL?) broke the joystick hat functionality for me. On XBMC startup, xbmc.log shows 0 hats and 6 - instead of 4 - axes:

17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Enabled Joystick: Logitech Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2
17:00:36 T:3020363648 M:1703337984  NOTICE: Details: Total Axis: 6 Total Hats: 0 Total Buttons: 12


My solution was to install joy2keyAUR from the AUR. Here is my config which could potentially save you hours of frustration or fun, depending on how you look at it:

#
# ~/.joy2keyrc
#

COMMON
-dev /dev/input/js0
-thresh -16383 16383 -16383 16383 -16383 16383 -16383 16383 -16383 16383 -16383 16383
#-autorepeat 5
#-deadzone 50

START xbmc
-X
# -axis <axis0min> <axis0max> <axis1min> <axis1max> ...
#       0 = left analog stick X-axis
#       1 = left analog stick Y-axis
#       2 = right analog stick X-axis
#       3 = right analog stick Y-axis
#       4 = hat (d-pad) X-axis
#       5 = hat (d-pad) Y-axis
#
# actions: Left/Right/Up/Down (arrow keys) - first letter capital!
#          plus/minus (ASCII characters) - lower case!
#          blank = special
# more info in /usr/include/X11/keysymdef.h
#
# .....0..........1.......2..........3..........4..........5......
#-axis Left Right Up Down minus plus plus minus Left Right Up Down
-axis blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank Left Right Up Down

# EoF


joy2key needs to start after XBMC to be able to see its window. Here's my XBMC standalone system config:

#
# ~/.xinitrc
#

# Enable Ctrl+Alt+Bksp.
setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp &

# Start joy2key after XBMC has been detected running. (Function takes arguments, some optional.)
start_joy2key()
{
  for n in $(seq $4 || seq 5)
  do
    xwininfo -display :0 -name "$1" >/dev/null 2>&1 && joy2key "$1" -config "$2"
    sleep $3 || sleep 3
  done
}
# syntax: start_joy2key <window name> <config file> [wait # of sec between tries] [repeat # of times]
start_joy2key "XBMC Media Center" xbmc 3 5 &

# Start XBMC.
ck-launch-session xbmc-standalone

# EoF


And here is my joy2key config section for controlling Boxee-source:

START boxee
-X
-axis blank blank Page_Up Page_Down blank blank plus minus Left Right Up Down
# .......1.2......3......4.5....6.....7...........8............9.0.1.2
-buttons v Return Escape c Left Right bracketleft bracketright i z s h


Add this to ~/.xinitrc below the XBMC section to alternate between launching XBMC and Boxee:

start_joy2key Boxee boxee 3 3 &
ck-launch-session /opt/boxee/run-boxee-desktop


This gets respawned over and over from /etc/inittab:

x:5:respawn:/bin/su xbmc -l -c "/bin/bash --login -c /usr/bin/startx >/dev/null 2>&1"


References to the sources where I learned about this:

  • [1] blog entry: Joystick Hat in X-Plane in Linux
  • [2] Ubuntu forum post: How to use joy2key for SIXAXIS joypad (or any really!)
  • [3] XBMC wiki: Installing XBMC for Linux > Autostarting XBMC