I'm running Ubuntu 4.1 under VMware on my Thinkpad T42, and one of the annoying things is the trackpoint scroll feature doesn't work in Linux (fyi... a trackpoint is the little pencil-eraser-looking mouse "nub" on thinkpads and scrolling is achieved by holding down the middle button and moving the trackpoint).
So I found this link that might fix it - http://rsim.cs.uiuc.edu/~sachs/tp-scroll/
. I've downloaded the tp-scroll.c and am ready to follow the first instruction, which is to execute the following command: gcc -o tp-scroll tp-scroll.c -lm
1) What exactly am I doing by running GCC? Just taking a guess, it looks like I'm using tp-scroll.c source code to make a tp-scroll file (please correct me if I'm wrong). Am I re-compiling the kernel, which I read a lot about, in any way or just compiling the trackpoint driver?
2) Where should I put the xxx.c file before I complile it? In /tmp? Does it matter?
3) Does it matter where I put the resulting tp-scroll file? I know I can point the rc.local file to wherever I place it, but is there a "proper" place for it? /bin?
Thanks in advance.