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Re: mouse: kernel 2.6.6 -> 2.6.8 ???



* Stefan O'Rear <stefanor@cox.net> [2004:09:20:16:02:59-0700] scribed:
> On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 12:01:11PM -0500, helices wrote:
> > What broke?  What changed?
> > 
> > I have been running 2.6x kernels on this legacy PPro box for most of
> > this year -- first kernel-image-2.6.2-1-686, then
> > kernel-image-2.6.6-2-686 -- without incident.
> > 
> > Today, the only change I made was to install these:
> > 
> >     kernel-doc-2.6.8
> >     kernel-headers-2.6.8-1-686
> >     kernel-image-2.6.8-1-686
> > 
> > When I boot into this, the mouse cursor moves; but, is totally insane ;<
<snip />

> > This box has been upgraded since Slink, and it has *no* /dev/input/ ;<
> 
> ~ %% ls /dev/input -l
> total 0
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  64 Mar 14  2002 event0
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  65 Mar 14  2002 event1
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  66 Mar 14  2002 event2
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  67 Mar 14  2002 event3
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,   0 Mar 14  2002 js0
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,   1 Mar 14  2002 js1
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,   2 Mar 14  2002 js2
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,   3 Mar 14  2002 js3
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  63 Mar 14  2002 mice
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  32 Mar 14  2002 mouse0
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  33 Mar 14  2002 mouse1
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  34 Mar 14  2002 mouse2
> crw-rw----    1 root     root      13,  35 Mar 14  2002 mouse3
> ~ %%
> 
> mknod away.

O, cool ;>  Yes, of course, I can do this.  Is this the official Debian
upgrade path?

More to the point, is /dev/input/ *necessary*?

Is there some package that, when upgraded, automatically creates these
vital devices?

<snip />
> If you need 2.6.8-1 and need X, comment out both pointers, start X with
> the -allowMouseOpenFail option, then hit Shift-NumLock and use
> MouseKeys.
> 
> 12346789 - directions
> 5 - click
> 0 - press
> . - release
> /*- - change button
> 
> all on numkeypad
<snip />

Wow, another profound solution!  Thank you, thank you, thank you . . .

Am I experiencing something b0rk3n in Debian, the kernel, or just some
idiosyncrasy on my old box?

Although, I recognize the possibilities inherent in these remarkable
suggestions, I would rather have a fully functioning system.  After
scouring many resources to see what others have done in this situation,
I found none, and turned to this list.

What is the root cause of my problem?

What do you think?

-- 
Best Regards,

helices
-
Dare to fix things before they break . . .
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Our capacity for understanding is inversely proportional to how much
we think we know.  The more I know, the more I know I don't know . . .
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