I have a program (advancemame) running on Raspian (Raspberry Pi) which like most programs gets its input from the keyboard. I'm using a program which implements uinput to convert GPIO pins HI/LOW readings to key presses (pikeyd). I run pikeyd in the background from the terminal, which has a GPIO pin mapped to key 5. I set the corresponding GPIO to HI, it prints out "5" to the terminal.

However, when I run advancemame, it doesn't recognize the uinput. If I unplug the keyboard and reboot, then advancemame sees uinput and everything works. From what it looks like is the program will read the first input device, input0 (keyboard). Is there a way to make uinput input0? That is, set the order of the input devices

$ ls /sys/class/input/
  event0  event1  event2  input0  input1  input2  mice  mouse0  mouse1

$ ls /sys/devices/virtual/input/input2/
  capabilities  event2  id  modalias  mouse1  name  phys  power  properties  subsystem  event  uniq

I'm not sure if there is a setting in advancemame that will look at all input devices. I have 3 images I built from scratch, 1 of the 3 images works where advancemame sees all the input devices. I can use my uinput and the keyboard at the sometime. I've compared config settings between the images and can't seem to find why one works and the others don't. I am wondering if it may be a security permission.

Also, is there a way to disable event0 and event1? I am not using X11, so xinput is not an option.


Here are my input devices:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ cat /proc/bus/input/devices
I: Bus=0003 Vendor=0d62 Product=0500 Version=0100
N: Name="2.4G Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad"
P: Phys=usb-bcm2708_usb-1.2/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/bcm2708_usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/input/input0
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=sysrq kbd event0 
B: EV=120013
B: KEY=10000 7 ff9f207a c14057ff febeffdf ffefffff ffffffff fffffffe
B: MSC=10
B: LED=7

I: Bus=0003 Vendor=0d62 Product=0500 Version=0100
N: Name="2.4G Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad"
P: Phys=usb-bcm2708_usb-1.2/input1
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/bcm2708_usb/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.1/input/input1
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=kbd mouse0 event1 
B: EV=1f
B: KEY=4837fff 72ff32d bf544446 0 0 1f0001 20f90 8b17c000 677bfa d9415fed 9ed680 4400 0 10000002
B: REL=143
B: ABS=7f01 0
B: MSC=10

I: Bus=0003 Vendor=0001 Product=0001 Version=0001
N: Name="uinput-sample"
P: Phys=
S: Sysfs=/devices/virtual/input/input2
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=sysrq kbd mouse1 rfkill event2 
B: EV=100007
B: KEY=10000 ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff fffffffe
B: REL=3

Any help is appreciated.

  • I would be surprised if advancedmame haven't an option to use a given input device, and creating a symbolic link from /proc/bus/input/ should be easy. That said, from the few I've read it support different input drivers, event support multiple keyboards, isn't this the driver you're using? doc-advdev
    – Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 15:55
  • I agree that advancemame should have this option, but it wont recognizes the virtual keyboard if a "real" keyboard is plugged in. As for the event, how can I check?
    – PhillyNJ
    May 13, 2014 at 15:59
  • I've downloaded sources of 1.2 is that your version? Not sure I'm looking in the right file (keydrv.c) but I see a function log_std used here and there keyb: select driver %s, do you have an advancedmame log or could you enable it? (could you add the content of /proc/bus/input/handlers when it work and when it doesn't?)
    – Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 16:04
  • Please /proc/bus/input/devices too
    – Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 16:11
  • @Alex its event2 and version of advancemame is 0.106.1
    – PhillyNJ
    May 13, 2014 at 16:19

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Turned out the problem was running advancemame with sudo and not as a regular user pi, we didn't investigate why.

  • Thanks again. Good news is I did find the issue. If was a config setting in advmame. When run as sudo, it used the config file in /root/.advance/advmame.rc, when run as pi it used /home/pi/.advance/advance.rc. When I copied the .rc to the /root/.advance it worked. Like I said, thanks of the chat, it helped me trouble shoot the issue!
    – PhillyNJ
    May 13, 2014 at 17:38
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    Glad it helped, have fun! :)
    – Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 17:39

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