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Linux Nintendo Wiimote interface
C Python


Copyright (C) 2007 L. Donnie Smith <>

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CWiid Wiimote Interface

The CWiid package contains the following parts:
1.libcwiid - wiimote API.
2.cwiid module - python interface to libcwiid
3.wmgui - GTK gui to the wiimote.
4.wminput - an event/joystick/mouse driver for the wiimote.
5.lswm - list wiimote devices (in the spirit of ls{,pci,usb}, etc.
6.wmdemo - a minimal demonstration of the libwiimote API. (not installed)

awk, bison, flex, bluez-libs, gtk+-2 dev libs, python 2.4 or greater, python dev for python module, uinput kernel support, kernel sources

If installing from SVN or Git, run the following commands.  Otherwise, or if you aren't sure, ignore them.

All users should then run:
sudo make install

To install global configuration files to the more familiar /etc rather than /usr/etc or /usr/local/etc, execute configure with --sysconfdir=/etc.

While CWiid is still in the early development stages, installation directories and filenames are changed more often than in a mature, stable package.  In order to prevent the collection of obselete directories and files, it is recommended that you run 'make uninstall && make uninstall_config' from your current CWiid source directory before installing a new one.  Files are currently installed to the following directories: /usr/local/{bin,etc,lib,lib/cwiid,lib/python2.X/site-packages,share/doc,share/man}.  Recently, but no longer, used directories include /usr/share/CWiid - this directory may be deleted.

Many distributions do not have /usr/local/lib in the library search path, and on many of these same distributions, the library installation directory (as determined by autoconf) is /usr/local/lib, creating a problem when you try to run programs depending on libraries installed there. There are two clean ways to fix this:
1.Add a --prefix=/usr argument to ./configure
2.Add /usr/local/lib to /etc/, then run ldconfig.

I prefer the second method since it keeps local software in the local directory where it should be, and it fixes the problem for every package using /usr/local/lib, not just CWiid.  Until someone offers a convincing argument for the omission of /usr/local/lib from /etc/, I consider this to be a distribution bug, and method #2 above is the fix.

Please report any compilation errors at

wmgui [-h] [bdaddr]
wminput [-h] [-c config] [bdaddr]

The bluetooth device address (bdaddr) of the wiimote can be specified on the command-line, or through the WIIMOTE_BDADDR environment variable, in that order of precedence.  If neither is given, the first wiimote found by hci_inquiry will be used.
See wminput/README for more information on wminput configuration and execution.

The following list is neither complete nor ordered:
wmcp (copy data between files and wiimotes)
Move wiimote communications into a separate daemon (wiimoted) with which applications communicate via sockets (or some other means)
wmgui logging
Implement speaker
gui/control interface to wminput
Implement other drivers such as gesture recognition.

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