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Fred Caro 12-28-2008 05:52 AM

howto add a mouse on the command line?
Dear Sirs, Madams,
just installed Fedora 10 but it has no mouse capabilities. Perhaps I could add this in a shell but do not know how to do this, any suggestions and no me back's not that supple!


sdcc619 12-28-2008 07:50 AM

try this:

hold "alt + SYS-REQ",(sometimes "print screen" on some keyboards) then release and press ENTER.

The command to configure a mouse is "mkdev mouse". In most modern machines, you have a "High Resolution Keyboard Mouse".

stress_junkie 12-28-2008 07:50 AM

If you are looking for mouse functions in a text console or a terminal window then the gpm package is for you. Here is a description of gpm copied from the Kubuntu Adept package manager.

This package provides a daemon that captures mouse events when the system console is active, and delivers events to applications through a library.
The default when no application is running is to emulate "selection", that is, to allow cut-and-paste with the mouse on the console the same way as it is done under X.
I used to use the gpm utility when I was more comfortable in a console than in X.

Fred Caro 12-29-2008 11:32 AM

how to get recalcitrant mouse to work?
Re last post (no pun intended). I think I've found the problem, the solution is more of a problem. SeLinux is reporting that it is stopping gpm from working and suggests that this maybe the result of an attempted intrustion. It appears to be working in the background but to call it 'a wee timourus beastie' is an understatement. With a lot of patience and a keen eye you can see it 'light up' different choices on the graphics but you cannot see the pointer.

Thanks in advance.


stress_junkie 12-29-2008 12:50 PM

The small mouse pointer on the screen is probably due to your console graphic resolution setting. When you start Linux you should have a boot parameter that sets the VGA card. Evidently your current setting is for high resolution. That is fine in a GUI environment but it does not mix well with a text console. You may want/need to eliminate the use of a frame buffer, if any, and set the VGA resolution lower such as 800x600 using the boot parameter VGA=770.

Here is a link to more information.

As far as SELinux is concerned I have no idea what to do there.

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