Differences between revisions 15 and 16
Revision 15 as of 2007-08-07 21:40:44
Size: 2590
Editor: FranklinPiat
Comment: merged with GPMMouseConfig and USBMouseConfig
Revision 16 as of 2008-02-19 08:15:03
Size: 2661
Editor: FranklinPiat
Comment: minor reformat.
Deletions are marked like this. Additions are marked like this.
Line 1: Line 1:
## Auto-converted by kwiki2moinmoin v2005-10-07
["GUI"] > [["XFree86"]]
------
#language
["GUI"] > ["XFree86"]
----
 {i} XFree86 (up to [:DebianSarge:Debian/Sarge]) has been replaced by Xorg since [:DebianEtch:Debian/Etch]
Line 6: Line 7:
XFree86 can both be configured in Debian (woody+) using DebConf. This is done when the package is installed, but can be re-run any time by executing::{{{ XFree86 can both be configured in Debian (woody+) using ["debconf"]. This is done when the package is installed, but can be re-run any time by executing::{{{
Line 17: Line 18:
 $ ["XFree86"] -configure  $ XFree86 -configure
Line 20: Line 21:
Your UniversalSerialBus (USB) mouse may be configured correctly by adding this section to your !XF86Config-4.{{{ Your Universal Serial Bus (["USB"]) mouse may be configured correctly by adding this section to your !XF86Config-4.
{{{
Line 36: Line 38:
In your !["XF86Config"] (-4) file:{{{ In your XF86Config (-4) file:
{{{

["GUI"] > ["XFree86"]


  • {i} XFree86 (up to [:DebianSarge:Debian/Sarge]) has been replaced by Xorg since [:DebianEtch:Debian/Etch]

Configuring XFree86

DebConf configuration

XFree86 can both be configured in Debian (woody+) using ["debconf"]. This is done when the package is installed, but can be re-run any time by executing::

 $ dpkg-reconfigure <package-name>

where '<package-name>' is the name of the xserver. Use 'xserver-xfree86' or 'xserver-<type>'. Editing your /etc/X11/ config file is only necessary if you have some special needs or are particularly curious. If you must...

Manual XFree86

["XFree86"] may be configured by editing the file

 /etc/X11/XF86Config

If you use XFree 4.x try the command

 $ XFree86 -configure

USB mouse

Your Universal Serial Bus (["USB"]) mouse may be configured correctly by adding this section to your !XF86Config-4.

 Section "InputDevice"
     Identifier "USB Mice"
     Driver "mouse"
     Option "CorePointer"
 #   Option "SendCoreEvents"
     Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
     Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
     Option "["ZAxisMapping"]" "4 5"
     Option "Buttons" "5"
 EndSection

If you only use a USB mouse use the CorePointer option, otherwise use the SendCoreEvents option.

Using XFree86 with GPM

Configure XFree86

In your XF86Config (-4) file:

 Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "Generic Mouse"
        Driver     "mouse"
 #      Option     "CorePointer"
        Option     "SendCoreEvents"
        Option     "Device"   "/dev/gpmdata"
        Option     "Protocol" "IntelliMouse"
 EndSection

The IntelliMouse driver corresponds to the "repeat_type=ms3" option in gpm.conf, which is the default repeat type in Debian.

On the gpm side of things

To configure gpm use program gpmconfig. For most of the scroll wheel mice I use a type of imps2. That seems to work best.

In a normal setup gpm listens to the port the mouse is connected to and repeats/relays the mouse events to a unix socket /dev/gpmdata. This allows console applications like mc (Midnight Commander) to get mouse events. For X windows to hear the mouse it should be configured to listen to /dev/gpmdata. I've always had the best luck configuring gpm to repeat in raw mode and configure X windows to use whatever protocol the mouse uses. In this setup the mouse type should be set in two places, in gpmconfig and in your X windows configuration. I get the feeling this is a non-standard approach but it's alway given me the least problems.