Ubuntu – Synaptics (synclient) no longer loads


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?

Best Answer

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