Bug#632419: closed by Ben Hutchings <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Re: Bug#632419: linux-image-2.6-686: Provides no support for serial pointer device)
Unfortunately things are not as easy as they might seem.
On Mon, 4 Jul 2011, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
Your old X configuration shows that you used the serial mouse driver in
the X server, not the kernel (which is why you did not need to use
inputattach). You can use the same configuration now, if you like.
X works differently in this distribution. I needed a configuration file in Lenny to get
the two separate screens to work. It was not a perfect setup as one screen was distorted
but I found a workaround for that.
In Squeeze, this is no longer necessary, both screens can be configured using the Monitors
menu item, and there is no distortion.
Moreover, the configuration does not work anymore as it is; it causes errors.
But even if I make it work or create a barebones X configuration file just with the
Pointer Device set to /dev/ttyS0, the pointer is not functional.
I can set the pointer device for GPM easily; if you have any hints on how to this for X,
they would be much appreciated.
This takes me back to my original point: If it was possible to use a serial mouse in the
past without installing separate software which is not available at installation time, why
was this functionality removed? If it is not possible to recognize serial pointer devices,
the installation process should include a question if no other pointer device is