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GPM, short for General Purpose Mouse, is a daemon that provides mouse support for Linux virtual consoles.
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'''GPM''', short for ''g''eneral ''p''urpose ''m''ouse, is a daemon that provides mouse support for Linux virtual consoles. It is included in most Linux distributions.
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==Installing==
 
==Installing==
{{Codeline|gpm}} provides console mouse support:
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===Desktop===
# pacman -S
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Install {{Pkg|gpm}} with [[pacman]].
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===Laptop===
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Install {{Pkg|gpm}} and {{Pkg|xf86-input-synaptics}} with [[pacman]].
  
 
==Configuring==
 
==Configuring==
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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The {{ic|-m}} parameter precedes the declaration of the mouse to be used. The {{ic|-t}} parameter precedes the type of mouse. To get a list of available types for the {{ic|-t}} option, run {{ic|gpm}} with {{ic|-t help}}.
 
  $ gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t help
 
  $ gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t help
  
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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If the mouse only has 2 buttons, pass {{ic|-2}} to {{ic|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 {{Filename|/etc/conf.d/gpm}} or used when running gpm directly.
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The {{Pkg|gpm}} package needs to be started with a few parameters. These parameters can be added in the file {{ic|/etc/conf.d/gpm}} or used when running {{ic|gpm}} directly.
 
* For PS/2 mice, replace the existing line with:
 
* For PS/2 mice, replace the existing line with:
 
  GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/psaux -t ps2"
 
  GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/psaux -t ps2"
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  GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t ps2"
 
  GPM_ARGS="-m /dev/input/mice -t ps2"
  
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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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 {{Codeline|man gpm}}.
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For more information see {{ic|man gpm}}.

Revision as of 06:15, 16 December 2012

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.