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Old 11-06-2012, 11:51 PM
dohmniq dohmniq is offline
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Default auto-disable default mouse when USB mouse attached
My laptop touchpad is very sensitive to slight touches and I haven't yet discovered how to adjust the settings. I generally use a USB mouse anyway.

Something you could add to the "Keyboard and Mouse" preferences would be a "disable default mouse when USB mouse inserted" checkbox.

To implement this, I've edited my /etc/devd.conf:
(I added the lines containing /bin/sh commands)

attach 100 {
        device-name "ums[0-9]+";
        action "/etc/rc.d/moused quietstart $device-name";
        action "/bin/sh -c 'sig_reload=STOP /etc/rc.d/moused reload'";

detach 100 { 
        device-name "ums[0-9]+"; 
        action "/bin/sh -c 'sig_reload=CONT /etc/rc.d/moused reload'";
        action "/etc/rc.d/moused stop $device-name"; 
I found I couldn't just kill the default moused as booting with a USB mouse would cause X to take over /dev/psm0.

I also created /etc/rc.conf.d/moused with the following content:

The KILL signal is needed otherwise shutdown/reboot hangs waiting for the STOP'd moused process to exit, having only been sent a TERM signal.

For PCBSD, I guess the /etc/devd.conf action changes could always be there and the checkbox would create/edit/delete /etc/rc.conf.d/moused based on the checkbox setting?

Maybe there's an xorg.conf way to do this but editing that might be more dangerous and I suspect the devd method would work in a text syscons context.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:44 PM
David30 David30 is offline
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A GUI option for this would be great, along with basic options for touchpads - such as turning on/off "tap to click", "edge scrolling" etc., regardless of the desktop environment in use. I say that because LXDE does not have the same mouse options as GNOME.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:22 AM
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Did you try Fn+F7? That toggles the touchpad on/off on most laptops.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:49 PM
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It is too bad that synpatiks is not on Appcafe. It is a GUI program with disabling touch when usb mouse is plugged in option. It is really handy in Linux.
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