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Re: [vox-tech] Debian Woody XFree86 4.0.3 Woes
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Re: [vox-tech] Debian Woody XFree86 4.0.3 Woes



On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, Terminator wrote:

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> Sorry if I miss something. As I know, gpm has an option -R (raw?)
> and you should set protocol in X to be "MouseSystems", and input
> device to be /dev/gpmdata.

gpm's "-R" option means "repeat mouse info into /dev/gpmdata so something
else can read it without interfering with gpm's use of the actual mouse
device".  This option includes a specified protocol that it will translate
to... so the software reading /dev/gpmdata gets whatever gpm has
re-formatted the information as.  The default translation is to "msc"
(MouseSystems), so "-R" is the same as "-Rmsc".  Using that, no matter
what kind of mouse you ACTUALLY have, it will look like a MouseSystems
mouse connected to /dev/gpmdata. However, gpm doesn't seem to be able to
translate from and to just any arbitrary protocols successfully, so most
of us output as msc because it works (and that is the default that all the
howtos suggest using).

For me, the new knowledge was that you don't have to let it translate at
all... you can use "-Rraw" and it will simply pass on what it gets.  
While having the ability to translate to a common protocol is nice i am
sure, X is (now?) actually able to use more information from the imps2
protocol than gpm can. Finding out that gpm could pass on parts of the
protocol it didn't know what to do with was cool... though I remember
wondering why it wasn't that way by default when Mike Simons first
explained it to me.

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> On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
> >
> > > I installed Debian potato last week. Bit of work, but not too bad. This
> > > week I decided to upgrade to woody... guess I wanted to live on the edge.
> > > Anyway, I am now X-less, because xf86cfg hangs.  It clears the screen,
> > > briefly shows a diagram of a mouse, and then the clears the screen again,
> > > paints the generic "gray" background with an X mouse cursor, and hangs. I
> > > am also having trouble with gpm hanging the console.  In both cases I have
> > > to login via lan and kill gpm to recover.  I have an ATI Rage IIc (Mach64)
> > > and I have tried both "microsoft serial/ps2 compatible mouse" and a
> > > borrowed "intellimouse 1.2a ps2 compatible".  Kernel comes with ps2 driver
> > > compiled in.  I turned off gpm and pointed /dev/mouse at /dev/psaux to
> > > experiment with X, but no go.
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