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Re: Bug#609972: installation-reports: Installation of Squeeze on Dell 710m

Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org> writes:
> T.F. Torrey <tftorrey@tftorrey.com> (14/01/2011):
>> I had two problems installing Xorg:
>> 1. The synaptics touchpad does not respond to tapping or scrolling
>> by default, which is an odd choice. I was able to get it working
>> after reading instructions at wiki.debian.org.
> It does work for me by default. How did you install X? Did you only
> install xserver-xorg-input-evdev?

Really?  Touchpad tapping never worked by default for me.  I have always
assumed that I was supposed to configure something like this (or similar
hal/udev rules previously) in xorg.conf:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier      "touchpad catchall"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Driver           "synaptics"
        Option          "SHMConfig"     "on"
        Option          "TapButton1"    "1"

The SHMConfig is of course not necessary, but convenient. Among other
things, it makes it very easy to check the current settings using
"synclient -l"

The TapButton1 setting, however, has always been necessary to enable
tapping.  In the past at least. I must admit that it has been a while
since I attempted starting X without it.  If you say that tapping should
work without it, then I do of course believe you.  But then be prepared
for the bug report if it doesn't :-)

I am using a Lenovo Thinkpad so it's different hardware from what
T.F. Torrey has, FWIW


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