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Bug#2351: xdm doesn't detect gpm mouse lock

On Mon, 19 Feb 1996, Kevin M Bealer wrote:

> On Mon, 19 Feb 1996, roro wrote:
> > Doesn't the additional "-R" parameter for gpm solves the problem as well?
> > Search for "repeater" in the gmp manpage.
> >
> > /etc/X11/XF86Config:
> > Section "Pointer"
> >     Protocol "mousesystems"
> >     Device "/dev/gpmdata"
> > EndSection
> I haven't tried this yet, but it looks like the way to go... I guess this
> makes it a minor affair, but it would be nice if the gpm install script
> asked 'Plan to use X11 (y/n)?' since installing xdm and selecting
> start-on-boot and then selecting gpm effectively breaks the system.

It would be even nicer if this would allow me to remove the mouse
questions from the xf86config program in Debian. We could have gpm used as
the mouse server as standard and confine mouse configuration options to
one place.

The X server packages would have to depend on gpm, of course, but unless
there are mice that X supports and gpm doesn't I don't think this is a

The only other disadvantage I can see is that every mouse movement will
cause extra context switches between gpm and the X server, but I doubt
that this will be noticeable in practice.

Steve Early

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