[buug] Mouse problem in Linux
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jun 7 23:34:06 PDT 2000
begin ezekielk at iname.com quotation:
> I dare not make such a claim, as I am too much a novice! But there is
> definitely no "mouseconfig" program; and Corel's mouse help
> filesexplicitly says to run XF86Setup (sp?) if you need to setup the
Oh, OK. If it's the same XF86Setup utility as on most Linux
distributions (the one from the XFree86 Project), then that will
configure your pointing device for _X_ (only). That is, it'll write a
new /etc/X11/XF86Config file.
That's a useful thing in itself, but it's not what you said you're
trying to do. You said you wanted mouse support at the text-mode
console, right? I.e., when you're not running X.
For that, you need to run gpm, the general-purpose mouse driver. As I
It's very likely that Corel doesn't tell you anything about gpm
specifically because they're trying to de-emphasise Linux's non-X
functionality. Corel Linux is a carefully targeted play at the MS
Windows desktop market. So, it stands to reason that they'd have little
to say about how to operate efficiently outside of X.
> I can work with that. It *is really annoying to try to read messages
> with overextended margins. For now, I must remember to end each line
> before my web-mail wraps it in the little window. I hope this message
> looks better, as result.
Thanks for taking the trouble. Sounds like a lot of work.
> Of all the distros, I have decided to settle on Mandrake for my own
> use, and Caldera for my clients.
Yeah, a lot of people like Mandrake for desktop use. I haven't tried
Caldera in a few years.
> I *will get back to Debian, once I have more Linux expertise under my
> belt. This should be in a week or so. I have purchased the CD w/book
> "Learning Debian GNU/Linux" by O'Reilly, whom you highly recommend.
> (Just $19!)
Um, hate to say it, but I didn't recommend that book. The book is a
decent general book on Linux, but doesn't have much to say about
Debian's unique features. I think it has on the order of two pages
about apt-get and related files, for example, and maybe three pages
You might have a look at my Debian Tips file, even though it drastically
needs re-writing and reorganisation, and needs to have the stuff about
Debian "slink" (2.1) discarded in favour of "potato" (2.2), which should
be one's starting point, these days.
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