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Old 03-25-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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slackware 13.1 - reconfiguring a mouse for console

Hola Linux Questions !

I recently installed Slackware 13.1 x86_64. When it came time for mouse configuration, I went with imps2. I also installed/setup gpm and with it the association to imps2.

Described during install was a link from /dev/mouse to the device. Looking at my dev/mouse I see it's linked to input/mice. Also looking at my rc.gpm I see : /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2

Well, I am having no luck with imps2 right now, so I would like to give the generic ps2 a go. Could someone give me a run down on how I could properly reconfigure such , to give ps2 a try.

Also, am I right in assuming /dev/mouse handles the link for the mouse, for both console and X. But gpm handles the ability to copy + paste in CONSOLE only ?

Thanks very much in advance.

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Old 03-25-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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First, backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file if you have one.
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
Then become root and run xorgconfig or xorgsetup. Using xorgconfig is more interactive, and it will ask you everything you want. Using xorgsetup is more automatic.
Either one should reconfigure your mouse for you.
Also see this on editing xorg.conf for mice with scroll wheels:
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips on xorgconfig and xorgsetup.

I will look further into it. Seeing as though no /etc/X11/xorg.conf exists, I realize I must run xorgsetup to setup an initial one.

However, is there any other way of configuring the change in the mouse protocol, without utilizing any piece of software related to X-Windows ?
If for example, I had opted out of the istallation of the X package.

Thanks in advance.

Alright so far, I've come to this point:

# killall gpm
# gpm -m /dev/mouse -t ps2

Thanks, is there anything special I would then need to do to /dev/mouse in terms of changing it's link ?

Last edited by slackguy123; 03-26-2011 at 12:20 AM.
Old 03-26-2011, 12:41 AM   #4
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Figured it out, as mentioned above, thanks for the reply.

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