Hi there Jasem,
I just wanted to ask whether or not Joystick support has been implemented yet on the Mac? I just found this thread. I'm on OSX 10.15.7 Catalina on a Macbook Pro.
I checked that the Xbox One controller I just got does work on the Mac. There is a system extension called "Xbox 360 Controllers" you can use it with to do so. Perhaps you know of some way to use it with that extension?
Unfortunately under Kstars I always get the same message "Driver indi_joystick was not found on the system. Please make sure the package that provides the "indi_joystick" binary is installed." ...when following the instructions on how to install a joystick from the INDI website.
Anyway, any update would be gratefully appreciated.
p.s. I'd also just like to say how wonderful I think Kstars / EKOS is! I'm very new to Astronomy / Astrophotography, and very much appreciate this amazing suite of tools. It makes our lives so much easier as beginners on the Mac.
You need to change the function getDefaultName() to "GamePad" same as the one in the XML file. Btw, this would a great addition to the *default* INDI installation. Though I'm not thrilled about adding a new dependency, so it could be optional and the MacOS release can enable it.
Unfortunately, the Controller class in indicontroller.h requires the joystick to be named "Joystick". I didn't want to introduce breaking changes with this. Also agree that adding a dependency on SDL for main indi would be overkill for this.
FYI, As I couldn't get my Xbox controller working under Kstars I tried setting up INDIGO Server with my mount ( pmc8 ) and joystick, but couldn't get it to work there either. Their joystick driver HID Joystick did seem to see my controlller and read its serial number, and their mount driver does have a "snoop device" field. So I tried entering in that field the name of the driver and also tried the name of my device that the driver presented, but unfortunately no luck. No idea if it's something I'm doing wrong or something in their system, but thought I'd let you know. The INDIGO Server seems to work fine under Kstars / EKOS and one advantage to me is that it DOES recognize my SSAG guide camera, whereas the Kstars internal driver currently does not unfortunately.
If anyone manages to get joystick / gamepad functionality working under Kstars / EKOS on the Mac I'd appreciate if they'd post beginner level instructions on what to enter in what fields to get it working, Thank you, and thanks again for all your efforts in programming this stuff for us!
Ok, if you have the most recent nightly build of INDI or build from git, you can test out my cross platform joystick driver. To see if you can use it, go to the Options tab in the INDI control panel for you telescope and see where it says "Joystick" Enable Disable. If you ALSO see an option for "Snoop Joystick", you have a build that can use it. If you don't, update to latest nightly or build from git and see if it is there.
Then go to github.com/rickbassham/indi_gamepad and build and install the indi_gamepad driver. This will require installing the sdl2 libraries (apt-get install libsdl2-dev on linux or brew install sdl2 on mac).
After building and installing, restart KStars and you should see a GamePad driver in Aux. Add that to your profile and start it. Then set the Snoop Joystick to match the name of your running driver (should be GamePad). On the GamePad driver tab in the INDI control panel, you should see a list of game pads attached to your system. The driver will auto connect to the first one.
I've tested this in Linux and Mac with a Logitech 310 gamepad, but should work with most console style game pads.
Hi Rick, I downloaded and installed the latest 3.5.2 Beta version of Kstars in the hope the joystick support might be included, and I see that there is a Joystick option and a Snoop device option under my telescope Options tab in Ekos, however when I edit a profile I don't see anything named "Gamepad" in the the Aux section. Unfortunately I don't know how to "build and install the indi_gamepad driver" as you suggest in an earlier post. I imagine that would require knowledge of Mac programming environment specifics, which I'm not up on. If you can point me to instructions on how to do this I'd be willing to give it a go. Otherwise if you could let us know if joystick support will be in a future build of Kstars I'd appreciate it. Thank you.