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Re: mouse pointer disappeared after upgrading to 6.0.1 in GNOME

On 03/20/2011 09:29 PM, Stephen Powell wrote:
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.

The only off list message I sent was to inform the OP about the
Debian COC regarding sending me a copy.

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
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.

I am using a more then 10 year old Logitech Tracknam Vista. A ps2 trackball.

I don't run KDE or Gnome and am mainly a console user. As I pointed out I know nothing about KDE/Gnome as such and never looked into what is required for the mouse in them.

I've always used gpm and didn't realize that KDE/Gnome don't.  :-(
Old habits die hard.

I guess I should not try to help anyone who does so that I don't make
their problems worse.


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