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SubjectRe: THINKPAD_ACPI_INPUT_ENABLED seems regressive
Cc's added.

On Wed, 01 Aug 2007, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> When updating this IBM ThinkPad T43p from 2.6.22 to 2.6.23-rc1
> using make oldconfig, the text and default Y of
>
> config THINKPAD_ACPI_INPUT_ENABLED
> bool "Enable input layer support by default"
> depends on THINKPAD_ACPI
> default y
> ---help---
> Enables hot key handling over the input layer by default. If unset,
> the driver does not enable any hot key handling by default, and also
> starts up with a mostly empty keymap.
>
> If you are not sure, say Y here. Say N to retain the deprecated
> behavior of ibm-acpi, and thinkpad-acpi for kernels up to 2.6.21.
>
> made it sound like a good thing, so I configured it Y. But its only
> effect seems to be to disable the key I use most, Fn+F4 to suspend to
> RAM. It also disables Fn+F3 to blank the screen, though I don't use
> that one; but does not disable the brightness and ThinkLight keys,
> presumably because they just get mapped to KEY_RESERVED.

Actually, it doesn't disable the keys, but it routes them differently, so it
will work well only if you have very up-to-date HAL, etc.

Richard, Matthew, would the HAL crowd be unhappy if I switch that default?

Distros with new enough userland would be expected to compile the kernel
with THINKPAD_ACPI_INPUT_ENABLED, though.

> I get along fine now with THINKPAD_ACPI_INPUT_ENABLED disabled; but
> suggest that its text is misleading, and default Y questionable.
> Or perhaps there's a bug, and I can help try patches.

No bug in he code. The help text should clearly be improved, and the
default could be switched to N. I will send in a patch, after I get a few
comments.

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