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{{i18n|Console Mouse Support}}
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{{Article summary start|Summary}}
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{{Article summary text|Installing and enabling the GPM daemon.}}
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{{Article summary wiki|Daemon}}
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GPM, short for General Purpose Mouse, is a daemon that provides mouse support for Linux virtual consoles. It is included in most Linux distributions.
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==Installing==
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===Desktop===
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Install {{package Official|gpm}} with [[pacman]]:
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# pacman -S gpm
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===Laptop===
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Install {{package Official|gpm}} and {{package Official|xf86-input-synaptics}} with [[pacman]]:
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# pacman -S gpm xf86-input-synaptics
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==Configuring==
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The {{Codeline|-m}} parameter precedes the declaration of the mouse to be used. The {{Codeline|-t}} parameter precedes the type of mouse. To get a list of available types for the {{Codeline|-t}} option, run gpm with {{Codeline|-t help}}.
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$ gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t help
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If the mouse only has 2 buttons, pass {{Codeline|-2}} to {{Codeline|GPM_ARGS}} and button-2 will preform the paste function.
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The gpm package needs to be started with a few parameters. These parameters can be added in the file {{Filename|/etc/conf.d/gpm}} or used when running gpm directly.
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* For PS/2 mice, replace the existing line with:
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GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/psaux -t ps2"
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* Whereas USB mice should use:
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GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t imps2"
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* And IBM Trackpoints need:
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GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t ps2"
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Once a suitable configuration has been found, adding {{Codeline|gpm}} into the {{codeline|DAEMONS}} array in {{Filename|/etc/rc.conf}} will make {{Codeline|gpm}} load at boot. Example:
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DAEMONS=(syslog-ng '''gpm''' network netfs crond)
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For more information see {{Codeline|man gpm}}.

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GPM, short for General Purpose Mouse, is a daemon that provides mouse support for Linux virtual consoles. It is included in most Linux distributions.

Installing

Desktop

Install Template:Package Official with pacman:

# pacman -S gpm

Laptop

Install Template:Package Official and Template:Package Official with pacman:

# pacman -S gpm xf86-input-synaptics

Configuring

The Template:Codeline parameter precedes the declaration of the mouse to be used. The Template:Codeline parameter precedes the type of mouse. To get a list of available types for the Template:Codeline option, run gpm with Template:Codeline.

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

If the mouse only has 2 buttons, pass Template:Codeline to Template:Codeline and button-2 will preform the paste function.

The gpm package needs to be started with a few parameters. These parameters can be added in the file Template:Filename 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, adding Template:Codeline into the Template:Codeline array in Template:Filename will make Template:Codeline load at boot. Example:

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng gpm network netfs crond)

For more information see Template:Codeline.