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Re: ailing gpm - tp380ED

On Thu, 29 Mar 2001, Chris Waters wrote:

> Manfred Wassmann wrote:
> > [...] the problem is with PS/2
> > and other bus mice only. With such a mouse you still have to use the
> > repeater mode or kill gpm before starting X because the mouse device can
> > only be opened by one process at a time.
> An interesting theory, but both my laptop (tp600e running potato) and my
> home system (hand-rolled athlon box running sid) stand as
> counter-examples.  Both have PS/2 mice, both use gpm and X without any
> repeater and without any conflicts or problems.

This theory is the official explanation in the gpm docs. I read this first
when I experienced the mouse being dead when starting X with gpm running 
on my Asus SP3G five years ago. And I think it is a very reasonable
explanation for that behavior. 

> I've been curious about the gpm vs. X problems for a long time, since
> I've heard many people report these problems, but I've never seen any
> problems on any of a dozen boxes I've set up over the years.  I still
> have no concrete ideas about what causes such problems, but I can assure
> you that it's not as simple as you seem to think.  The only conclusion
> I've been able to come to is that things work fine except when they
> don't.

Manfred Wassmann
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