Gimp without X11 + pen tablet

Randall Wood rhwood at
Fri Nov 23 03:47:08 PST 2007

On 23 Nov 2007, at 06:41, Mailing lists wrote:

> HI
> I've built Gimp without X11 thinking I could use my pen tablet in  
> it, but Gimp, even running in Quartz, don't recognize it. is there  
> a way around that would made possible to use my pen tablet (a Wacom  
> Bamboo fun) and pressure sensitivity in Gimp without rebooting  
> under Linux (what I'm doing currently)?
> I don't mind running it under X11 or Quartz, but Apple's X11  
> doesn't support XInputEvent. may be XDarwin does ?
> And if so,  how could I build the linuxwacom module ? I need the  
> Kernel headers for this.

I would report this problem upstream to the gimp developers. (http:// It is likely that gimp is relying on highly linux- 
specific device discovery mechanisms that degrade to very generic  
mechanisms on OS X to discover and manage alternate input devices.

I would not expect the linuxwacom module to work on OS X even if you  
did get the linux kernel headers, because the linux and OS X kernels  
use different hardware management mechanisms.

Randall Wood
rhwood at

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