3D Mouse

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What is a 3D Mouse?

"Also known as bats, flying mice, or wands, these devices generally function through ultrasound and provide at least three degrees of freedom. Probably the best known example would be 3DConnexion/Logitech's SpaceMouse from the early 1990s." - Wikipedia

For more information: http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/what-is-a-3d-mouse.html


1. Insert mouse to USB port
2. lsusb to confirm connection. Something like this should come up: Template:Cli 3. Install openmotif Template:Cli 4. symlink libXm.so.4 to libXm.so.3 Template:Cli 5. compile (gcc PRGRM.c) this program:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <utmpx.h>

int main(int argc, char ** argv) {
  if (argc != 2) {
    fprintf(stderr, "Need a name to put in the structure\n");
  struct utmpx u;
  memset(&u, 0, sizeof(u));
  u.ut_type = USER_PROCESS;
  u.ut_pid = getpid();
  strcpy(u.ut_id, ":0");
  strcpy(u.ut_line, ":0");
  strcpy(u.ut_user, argv[1]);

source: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-609224.html?sid=6c70ce10f37a57d9a4f341e36149df5b
6. run a.out to user root Template:Cli 7. Download linux drivers to /tmp from here: http://www.3dconnexion.com/service/drivers.html
8. run tar xfz 3dxware-linux-v1-5-2.i386.tar.gz install-3dxunix.sh
9. run sudo ./install-3dxunix.sh and follow instructions
10. Your output should look something like this: Template:Cli
NOTE: I chose not to run the driver everytime I login.
11. you can run the driver manually by calling it like this (for USB version): Template:Cli
12. You should now have a working 3D mouse in Arch Linux!

More Infformation

3dconnexion linux forum
Source of C program used
Information about libXm.so.4 and libXm.so.3