Console mouse support

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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.