Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Release:        16.04
Codename:       xenial
Desktop:        Gnome v3.20
Computer:       Samsung Ativ Book 8

About a week ago, I started getting this error message when trying to run a synclient command for my touchpad:

Couldn't find synaptics properties. No synaptics driver loaded?

My touchpad actually works (regular mouse functionality, 2 finger scrolling, etc) - I just can't change any of it's settings using synclient I've run these commands several times:

sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Those commands run as expected and it appears I have synaptics installed. But I get the same error message any time I try to access the synclient command.

This really seems like it should have a simple solution. Is there something I can check to see if the right files are being loaded in my path?


1 Answer 1


Looks like Gnome 3.20 replaces synaptics with libinput (see this archlinux link for more info).

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