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wminput - an event driver for the wiimote


wminput [options]


This manual page documents briefly the wminput command.

wminput is a program that provides an event driver for the wiimote, supporting all buttons
(except Power) and pointer tracking, and featuring a tracking algorithm plugin

Your kernel must be configured with uinput support (INPUT_UINPUT, or Device Drivers/Input
Device Support/Miscellaneous Drivers/User Level Driver Support under menuconfig). Compile
into the kernel or as a module. See
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Compile_a_Kernel_Manually for information on kernel
compilation. By default, some (most? all?) udev configurations set up a uinput device
file readable only by root. Using wminput as a user other than root requires
configuration udev to change the permissions on uinput. Place the following line in a
file in /etc/udev/rules.d (see the documentation for your distro for the recommended file
for local rules) to allow anyone on the system to use uinput:

KERNEL=="uinput", MODE="0666"

A more secure method uses the following line to allow anyone in <group> to use wminput,
and adds only the desired users to <group>:

KERNEL=="uinput", GROUP="<group>"

A uinput group can be created specifically for this purpose, or another existing group
such as wheel can be used.

Getting X to recognize non-standard key symbols, and mapping actions to those symbols, is
not automatic. An excellent tutorial at http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Use_Multimedia_Keys
can help you set this up. An overview of the process (see the HOWTO for more
1.Edit ~/.CWiid/wminput.conf
2.Use xev, wminput, and your wiimote to find out if the key symbols are already mapped,
and find the key codes if they are not.
3.If the codes are not mapped to the appropriate symbols, edit ~/.Xmodmap, and use xmodmap
to map them. (A copy of my ~/.Xmodmap is included in CWiid/doc)
4.Use xbindkeys or a window manager-specific utility to map the key symbols to specific

wminput tracking plugins are, by default, installed to /usr/lib/CWiid/plugins. Plugins
may also be placed in ~/.CWiid/plugins, and plugins placed here will take precedence.


-h Show summary of options.

-v, --version
Output version information and exit.

-c, --config [file]
Choose config file to use.

-d, --daemon
Implies -q, -r, and -w.

-q, --quiet
Reduce output to errors

-r, --reconnect [wait]
Automatically try reconnect after wiimote disconnect.

-w, --wait
Wait indefinitely for wiimote to connect.

bdaddr Specify the wiimote bluetooth address. The bluetooth device address (bdaddr) of the
wiimote can be specified on the command-line, or through the WIIMOTE_BDADDR
environment variable, in the that order of precedence. If neither is given, the
first wiimote found by hci_inquiry will be used.

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