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  GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t ps2"
 
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Once a suitable configuration has been found, adding {{ic|gpm}} into the {{ic|DAEMONS}} array in {{ic|/etc/rc.conf}} will make {{ic|gpm}} load at boot. Example:
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Once a suitable configuration has been found, {{ic|gpm}} can be started by [[systemd]]:
  DAEMONS=(syslog-ng '''gpm''' network netfs crond)
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systemctl start gpm.service
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and enabled at boot time with:
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  systemctl enable gpm.service
  
 
For more information see {{ic|man gpm}}.
 
For more information see {{ic|man gpm}}.

Revision as of 20:19, 9 November 2012


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Installing and enabling the GPM daemon.
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Daemon

GPM, short for General Purpose Mouse, is a daemon that provides mouse support for Linux virtual consoles.

Installing

Desktop

Install gpm with pacman.

Laptop

Install gpm and xf86-input-synaptics with pacman.

Configuring

The -m parameter precedes the declaration of the mouse to be used. The -t parameter precedes the type of mouse. To get a list of available types for the -t option, run gpm with -t help.

$ gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t help

If the mouse only has 2 buttons, pass -2 to GPM_ARGS and button-2 will perform the paste function.

The gpm package needs to be started with a few parameters. These parameters can be added in the file /etc/conf.d/gpm or used when running gpm directly.

  • For PS/2 mice, replace the existing line with:
GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/psaux -t ps2"
  • Whereas USB mice should use:
GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t imps2"
  • And IBM Trackpoints need:
GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t ps2"

Once a suitable configuration has been found, gpm can be started by systemd:

systemctl start gpm.service

and enabled at boot time with:

systemctl enable gpm.service

For more information see man gpm.