How to configure a serial mouse

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Thu Mar 4 17:13:36 PST 2010

On Fri, Mar 05, 2010 at 02:32:38AM +0200, steffen at wrote:
> > I'm not sure about this, I have only done this on Debian Lenny, but I
> > have not heard that xorg.conf had disappeared.
> > 
> > So I think that you can run X -configure (as root) and xorg.conf will
> > be created. Then you can edit the mouse protocol, as before.
> > 
> > Risto
> I think what Risto said is correct, but even easier - as far as I
> understand X, which admittedly is not that much - it should be possible to
> simply create /etc/X11/xorg.conf with only the sections relevant to your
> mouse. That way you can use the goodness of X automagical configuration
> for
> everything, except the mouse where it's obviously not working.

the hotplugging code takes over and ignores any mouse driver settings in the
configuration. You'd need to disable hotplugging as well to make the mouse
section actually take effect.

Section "ServerFlags"
        Option "AutoAddDevices" "off"


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