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Device configuration for gmobile


gmobile allows one to configure certain aspects through udev's hwdb

The following properties are supported:

Wakeup Keys

An input device's wakeup keys specify which keys unblank the screen of an idle device. By default all keys are wakeup keys. The default can be changed on a per keyboard level via


The behaviour of individual keys can be changed by giving their keycodes e.g.


The keycode is the linux event code.

Note that gmobile merely provides that information. The Wayland compositor is responsible for applying it.

For details on how to add these properties to hwdb see below.

Configuring HWDB

The hwdb contains a set of match rules that assign udev properties that become available when the device is connected. This section only describes the hwdb in relation to gmobile, it is not full documentation on how the hwdb works. For that please see the hwdb(7) man page.

gmobile's use of the hwdb is limited to properties systemd and custom rules files (where available) provide.

Querying the hwdb

gmobile currently only uses device nodes in the form of /dev/input/eventX where X is the number of the specific device. Running libinput debug-events lists all devices currently available to libinput and their event node name:

$> sudo libinput debug-events
-event0   DEVICE_ADDED            gpio-keys                         seat0 default group1  cap:k
-event2   DEVICE_ADDED            30370000.snvs:snvs-powerkey       seat0 default group2  cap:k
-event3   DEVICE_ADDED            generic ft5x06 (f0)               seat0 default group3  cap:t ntouches 10 calib

Note the event node name for your device and translate it into a syspath in the form of /sys/class/input/eventX. This path can be supplied to udevadm info

$> udevadm info -p /sys/class/input/event0/
P: /devices/platform/gpio-keys/input/input0/event0
M: event0
R: 0
U: input
D: c 13:64
N: input/event0
L: 0
S: input/by-path/platform-gpio-keys-event
E: DEVPATH=/devices/platform/gpio-keys/input/input0/event0
E: DEVNAME=/dev/input/event0
E: ID_PATH=platform-gpio-keys
E: ID_PATH_TAG=platform-gpio-keys

Lines starting with E: are udev properties available to applications. Properties added by gmobile all have a GM_ prefix. They are only present if a hwdb entry matches.

Reloading the hwdb

The actual hwdb is stored in a binary file on-disk and must be updated manually whenever a .hwdb file changes. This is required both when a user manually edits the .hwdb file or when gmobile ships an updated set of entries.

To update the binary file on-disk, run:

sudo systemd-hwdb update

Then, to trigger a reload of all properties on your device, run:

sudo udevadm trigger /sys/class/input/eventX

Then check with udevadm info whether the properties were updated, see


. If a new property does not appear on the device, use udevadm test to check for error messages by udev and the hwdb (e.g. syntax errors in the udev rules files).

System Message: ERROR/3 (../doc/gmobile.udev.rst:, line 120)

Unknown interpreted text role "ref".

sudo udevadm test /sys/class/input/eventX

Modifying the hwdb

This section applies to users that need to add, change, or remove a hwdb entry for their device. Note that the hwdb is not part of the public API and may change at any time. Once a device has been made to work, the change must be submitted to the gmobile repository.

hwdb entries are only applied if a udev rules calls out to the hwdb with the right match format. gmobile ships with a set of rules to query the hwdb, the different rules are reflected by their prefix. Again, this is not part of the public API. gmobile's matches are composed of a literal "gmobile", then either the device name (prefixed with name:) followed by the machine's first device tree comptible (prefixed with dt:) or dmi modalias. For example:


The device name is available in the device's /sys/class/input/eventX/device/name while the device tree compatible is available in /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/compatible.

The hwdb match string is the first portion of the hwdb entry. The second portion is the property to set. Each hwdb entry may match on multiple devices and may apply multiple properties. For example:


In the example above the matching gpio-keys device will have both properties applied.

The hwdb does not allow removing properties. Where a property must be unset, it should be set to 0.

For testing any user-specific hwdb entries should be placed in a file /etc/udev/hwdb.d/99-gmobile.hwdb but please make sure to submit them upstream as the hwdb format might change without notice.

See Also

hwdb(7) systemd-hwdb(8) phoc(1)