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Re: mouse pointer disappeared after upgrading to 6.0.1 in GNOME

@Wayne   I apologize for sending the extra mail directly to you.  At the time, my mouse pointer was not showing up and I was having great difficulty maneuvering through my mail. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

--- On Mon, 3/21/11, Wayne Topa <linuxtwo@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Wayne Topa <linuxtwo@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: mouse pointer disappeared after upgrading to 6.0.1 in GNOME
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Date: Monday, March 21, 2011, 11:52 AM

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

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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