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Re: mouse pointer disappeared after upgrading to 6.0.1 in GNOME

On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:28:11 -0400 (EDT), Wayne Topa wrote:
> That seems to be your problem, gpm is not installed.
> As I do not use gnome this may not be required but the only way I can 
> get a mouse to work is by installing the gpm package and configuring it.

It would seem that some of the discussion in this thread has been
occuring in private e-mails and is therefore not visible on the
list.  That makes it hard for others to follow.  To all parties,
please keep everything on the list.

As for gpm, it should be needed only if you want to use a mouse
in a text console (i.e. vt1-vt6).  If you only care about using
a mouse in the X Window System Server on vt7, you shouldn't need
gpm.  There used to be a problem with sharing a mouse between
gpm and X in 2.4 kernels, and to solve this problem gpm created
a "repeater" function that would echo mouse events on /dev/gpmdata.
The X server could then read mouse events from /dev/gpmdata with
the effective result that the mouse was sharable between gpm and
X.  That actually can still be done, I think, but it should no
longer be necessary.  If X and gpm are configured properly
(i.e. they both use /dev/input/mice), then the mouse sharing
capabilities of the kernel are used and the use of gpm's
repeater function should no longer be necessary.

I don't want to hijack the OP's thread, but Wayne, I'm curious
what kind of a mouse you use and why you think it is necessary
to use gpm to get it to work in X.

  .''`.     Stephen Powell    
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