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Re: Bug#632419: support for serial pointer device

On Thu, Jul  7, 2011 at 12:15:25 -0500, Jonathan Nieder wrote:

> retitle 632419 X: please ask for (serial) mouse device name at installation time if no pointer is detected
> reassign 632419 xserver-xorg-input-mouse 1:1.5.0-2
> severity 632419 wishlist
> quit
> Hi,
> axst@users.sourceforge.net wrote:
> > X works differently in this distribution. I needed a configuration file in Lenny to get
> > the two separate screens to work. It was not a perfect setup as one screen was distorted
> > but I found a workaround for that.
> >
> > In Squeeze, this is no longer necessary, both screens can be configured using the Monitors
> > menu item, and there is no distortion.
> >
> > Moreover, the configuration does not work anymore as it is; it causes errors.
> What are those errors?  That might be an X bug.  (Ideally, upgrades of
> any program should not break working configurations without warning.)
Ideally, yes, but serial mice are enough of a corner case these days
that they're not worth the complexity.

> > But even if I make it work or create a barebones X configuration file just with the
> > Pointer Device set to /dev/ttyS0, the pointer is not functional.
> If this is true and xserver-xorg-input-mouse is installed, then it
> would definitely be an X bug.
No.  Serial mice should be switched over to inputattach to get a proper
input device that X will use.


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