[lug] Upgrade to 2.6 kernel mouse woes

Glenn Murray gmurray at mines.edu
Tue Mar 16 14:05:32 MST 2004


Thanks to Jeff and Zan for a speedy responses.  I did "man
makedev" and learned how /dev files are created (always
wondered about that!).  Anyway, I ran

/dev/# makedev -v input

which created input/mice and some others.  My XF86Config-4

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"   	 "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device"   		 "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" 	"true"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"    "true"
    Option "ZAxisMapping"       "4 5"

And it works fine.

Thanks again!

On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, Zan Lynx wrote:

> Here is /dev/input/mice from my Fedora FC1 system.
> crw-------   1 root    root  13,  63 Sep 15  2003 mice
> If /dev/input/mice doesn't exist on your system, maybe an update to
> whatever package MAKEDEV lives in would help.  Then you could run
> MAKEDEV with appropriate options to update your /dev/ directory.  Or you
> could use mknod to create the character device like my listing above,
> and try that.
> On Tue, 2004-03-16 at 13:38, Glenn Murray wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I installed a stock 2.6.3 kernel image in a Debian testing
> > box.  It boots, but X will not start because the PS/2 mouse
> > can't be configured.  I've changed the Device line in
> > XF86Config to point to /dev/input/mice, but this and linking
> > to /dev/psaux doesn't help.  The X log file says
> > xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/input/mice, which
> > make sense because /dev/input/mice doesn't exist.
> >
> > Google says I need to load modules mousedev and psmouse, and
> > modprobe or /etc/modules does that happily, but neither
> > helps the mouse to be found.
> --
> Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>

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