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Old 12-06-2003, 07:40 AM   #1
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I'm stuck on getting X to start in Arch

It keeps giving me an error saying it can't open /dev/psaux. It says no such file, I've tried the suggestion in the docs but it doesn't help, I can't even find the file either. I'm using xf86configure to create the /etc/X11/XF86Config file is this correct, why won't it recognize the core pointer of the PS/2 mouse? X won't start because of this. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Old 12-06-2003, 07:59 AM   #2
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what was it you tried?
Old 12-06-2003, 08:19 AM   #3
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It says in the Arch Docs if X won't start because it can't find /dev/mouse to try this:

Since we use devfs, your PS/2 mouse port will be /dev/psaux or /dev/misc/psaux. If you'd like to have a /dev/mouse symlink as well, you can add the following lines to your /etc/devfsd.conf and restart the daemon with killall -HUP devfsd:

REGISTER ^misc/psaux$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL symlink misc/psaux mouse
UNREGISTER ^misc/psaux$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL unlink mouse

You should see /dev/mouse now, and so should X.

It doesn't help for me. I have changed my /etc/X11/XF86Config to say /dev/psaux instead of /dev/mouse

I'm afraid I'm stuck.
Old 12-15-2003, 08:55 AM   #4
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If the patch to devfsconf worked, you should instruct XF86Config to open /dev/mouse, since that is the symlink to /dev/misc/psaux
If anything else fails, you may try
mknod /dev/psaux c 10 1
to create a character device. The numbers 10 1 come from /usr/src/linux/Documentation/devices.txt ; you better check yours are the same.


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