dave mallery wrote:
i just installed 2.2r5 on my miata 433a,
there is no sign of my mouse: /dev/mouse
do i have to repeat the install (no big deal) or can i fix it on the fly?
The short answer is you can (should?) repair it "on-the-fly". If you do
a re-install without understanding where you went wrong originally, then
you have a very high probability of repeating the mistake. Mouse
problems are usually a result of a mistaken config input during config
and NOT a result of some bug in the installer!
The /dev/mouse "device" is not a real device, but is just a symlink to
one of the "real" hardware i/o devices like /dev/ttyS0 (comm1) or
/dev/psaux (the PS/2 port). In one special case it is a symlink to
/dev/gpmdata, which is from a software program called "GPM" that makes
the mouse available in the non-gui setting. Lots of people have
problems with getting GPM to work properly... especially on the Alpha.
If you are NOT using X, then you probably should try to get it working.
I am using it here sucessfully. The /dev/mouse symlink is NOT
established until you do it... It isn't there on the install programs
from a CD or from the net since Debian has no way of knowing which of
the many variants a particular user will have.
Setup for the mouse in X is usually done during the X configuration
series of screens. You can re-do this at any time by running the
"dpkg-reconfigure <X-server>" command (wherer <X-server> is the
particular X-server your video card is using, i.e. xserver-svga, etc.),
or you can manually edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config file. A third
alternative is to run one of X config programs like xf86config, or
XF86Setup (needs a mouse <g>). Check out your mouse and make sure you
know which i/o port it is using, then make sure you enter THAT in the
mouse config section of the X config. If your mouse has a round "DIN"
plug, it is a PS/2 type mouse, and you should use the "/dev/psaux" port
during config. Use /dev/ttyS0 for comm1 serial mice, and /dev/ttyS1 for
comm2 serial mice. In any case DO NOT select the /dev/mouse option
unless you have previously established a symlink to the proper port for
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