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Old 07-08-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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How do i have a script automatically launched on startup

Hello, i've been trying to figure this out for about three hours now and just can't. I am running Debian Wheezy on my thinkpad. I am trying to configure the middle button to scroll with the trackpoint. I've been to the think wiki and have grabbed this script.
xinput list | sed -ne 's/^[^ ][^V].*id=\([0-9]*\).*/\1/p' | while read id
        case `xinput list-props $id` in
        *"Middle Button Emulation"*)
                xinput set-int-prop $id "Evdev Wheel Emulation" 8 1
                xinput set-int-prop $id "Evdev Wheel Emulation Button" 8 2
                xinput set-int-prop $id "Evdev Wheel Emulation Timeout" 8 200
                xinput set-int-prop $id "Evdev Wheel Emulation Axes" 8 6 7 4 5
                xinput set-int-prop $id "Evdev Middle Button Emulation" 8 0

# disable middle button 
xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 9 3 4 5 6 7 8 2"
If i put this in my .bashrc file it works but only when i launch the terminal. I would like it to run automatically. I'm under the impression that this is done with /etc/rc.local, but i've not much clue about rc.local. made the rc.local file executable but don't know what to put in there to have this bloody script launch. I think wheezy uses systemd? Here is the contents of my rc.local file at the moment.
#!/bin/sh -e
# rc.local
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
# By default this script does nothing.

exit 0
Please help me get my script to launch automatically.

Last edited by Knightron; 07-08-2012 at 04:45 AM.
Old 07-08-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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You can't use rc.local due using command "xinput" which need access to X server. You must add it to X session starting script. For example in "/etc/X11/Xsession.d" But it may depends on used desktop environment - KDE and as I think Gnome has appropriate configuration options for autostarting programs. So specify which one you use.
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You should put those evdev options in a dedicated file inside /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d or inside a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
For the xmodmap command you may want to look at the ButtonMapping option for the evdev X input driver.
See man evdev for the syntax and other details.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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Gday guys, thanks for your helpful suggestions. I took your advice and then cheated. I've found Opensuse to have the best hardware detection i've seen: it was like it had a profile for my laptop or something. Everything worked perfectly in Opensuse; so i did some experimenting with what you guys said in mind, and mounted my Opensuse partition and then copied the xord.d file over to my Debian partition and rebooted. My Debian partition now works as flawlessly as my Opensuse partition. Thanks guys.


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