I have written a utility to show (list) the connected joysticks. It uses the linux joystick interface, so it's not very portable to another kernel, but it does not depend on an additional library. The current version is 0.2.3.
Source and linux binary available.
Usage: lsjoystick [OPTION]... [DEVICE]... Options: -h, --help print this help -V, --version print version information -l, --long print additional info, not just device and name -v, --verbose explain what is beeing done -q, --quiet suppress error messages -b, --device-base=BASE use BASE instead of /dev/input/js -c, --count count joysticks (no info about individual joysticks) -g, --use-glob query /dev/input/js* If no devices are specified lsjoystick tries to find joysticks, otherwise the DEVICEs are probed.
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