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SubjectRe: [PATCH] synaptics: Enable RMI4 for Clevo P870DM laptops
Hi, Rosen. Thank you for your patch. (@Jan Steffens and @Pablo Cholaky: Thanks for your reports.) But I'm afraid some more work is necessary. Let me propose some points.

I'm not a kernel developer, but have been working on this issue to help them. (See )

Could you resend it, cc-ing to the relevant developers. (Use the one of my reply here. You can use <kernel src tree>/scripts/ next time.) Otherwise, it is unlikely to be noticed by them.

You added your device to forcepad_pnp_ids[], but I guess it should be smbus_pnp_ids[].

When making the patch again, please use the kernel 4.17 or newer, because smbus_pnp_ids was changed recently.

If it works by using smbus_pnp_ids, please test it for a week or so, especially making sure that suspend/resume works without any problem.

Though it's my personal impression, the change description looked somewhat personal. At the same time, it's important, guaranteeing the stability of the patch.- I know you originally reported it last August [1]. Furthermore, there have been two other users [2] who reported SMBus worked for the same device, namely SYN1219. (They two are cc-ed to in this reply.)

You can use "$ git format-patch --cover-letter"; it will generate a "cover-letter", the introductory part of the patch, explaining the acceptability of the patch to kernel developers. (For an example, see

So the full description can be given in the cover letter, and the real patch description can be something like "This enables SMBus for xxx", being almost identical to the email subject.

3. This is not essential, but the style of the email subject that the device maintainer prefers might be:
[PATCH v2] Input: synaptics - Enable RMI4 for Clevo P870DM laptops
after looking at this tree [3]. ("v2" meaning version 2, due to the above change.) You can feed "--subject-prefix='PATCH v2'" to "$ git format-patch".

4. If you want to give the credit for my reply, you can add
Suggested-by: Teika Kazura <>
after Signed-off-by. It's completely ok without it. :-)


Best regards,
Teika (Teika kazura)

From: Rosen Penev <>
Subject: [PATCH] synaptics: Enable RMI4 for Clevo P870DM laptops
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:42:16 -0700

> I have been testing this for half a year with no issues to report.
> Signed-off-by: Rosen Penev <>
> ---
> drivers/input/mouse/synaptics.c | 1 +
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/drivers/input/mouse/synaptics.c b/drivers/input/mouse/synaptics.c
> index 55d33500d55e..23f5bb2cf9da 100644
> --- a/drivers/input/mouse/synaptics.c
> +++ b/drivers/input/mouse/synaptics.c
> @@ -183,6 +183,7 @@ static const char * const smbus_pnp_ids[] = {
> };
> static const char * const forcepad_pnp_ids[] = {
> + "SYN1219",
> "SYN300D",
> "SYN3014",
> --
> 2.17.1

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