DirectInput for X/other platforms?


I was wondering what it would take for a directinput type
facility on platforms based on X. Basically I want to read
the state of the device without forcing all the events to
pass through the event pump.

Up until recently I have been happy with SDL_PollEvent and
other style things but I now want to program all sorts of
other wierd and wonderful input devices.

Has anyone got any tips on how to go about it ? ie will I
have to go write an X extension or some other massive task
or is it possible to do it some other way ?

To get an idea of what I am looking for goto this web page
and look at openIL -


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