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Try editing es_input.cfg manually, add another input section for the Atari joystick after the keyboard like this:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <inputConfig type="keyboard">
        <input name="a" type="key" id="13" value="1" />
        <input name="b" type="key" id="8" value="1" />
        <input name="down" type="key" id="274" value="1" />
        <input name="left" type="key" id="276" value="1" />
        <input name="menu" type="key" id="109" value="1" />
        <input name="pagedown" type="key" id="281" value="1" />
        <input name="pageup" type="key" id="280" value="1" />
        <input name="right" type="key" id="275" value="1" />
        <input name="select" type="key" id="108" value="1" />
        <input name="up" type="key" id="273" value="1" />
    <inputConfig type="joystick" deviceName="**insert Atari joystick name**">
        <input name="down" type="axis" id="1" value="1" />
        <input name="left" type="axis" id="0" value="1" />
        <input name="right" type="axis" id="0" value="-1" />
        <input name="select" type="button" id="2" value="1" />
        <input name="up" type="axis" id="1" value="-1" />

You need to find the device name of the joystick in Linux, use ‘dmesg’
Look through for ‘Product’ and ‘Manufacturer’ relating to the joystick and edit accordingly e.g.

deviceName=”Retrolink Atari USB joystick”

I’ve guessed the axis id for the Atari joystick, if its not right run jtest:

sudo apt-get install joystick


jstest /dev/input/js0

(it should be js0 if not run ‘ls /dev/input/’)

Same goes for the button (select), i’m guessing you only have one to map?

Hope this works :-)