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Re: Workaround for Ksynaptics. (Was preventing people from making a mistake)

On Mon, 2008-12-08 at 13:12 -0800, Rick Stevens wrote:
> Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-12-08 at 13:13 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >> On Monday 08 December 2008, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> >>> This point in this thread seems as appropriate as any to mention
> >>> syndaemon.  It's part of the synaptics (now xorg-x11-drv-synaptics)
> >>> package.  When it runs, it disables the touchpad while the user is
> >>> actively typing on the keyboard and re-enables it after a brief pause
> >>> after the user stops typing.  Sounds very neat.  (I haven't felt the
> >>> need to actually use it, as I don't have too much trouble with
> >>> accidental tapping of my current touchpad.)
> >>>
> >>> It does require setting SHMConfig, though, so that problem still needs
> >>> to be addressed.
> I don't think syndaemon requires SHMConfig.  synclient does.

The syndaemon man page says it does.  I haven't tried it, but I have no
more reason to doubt it than I do information in any man page...

> >> Not applicable for F8 it appears, from the description of it that I am looking 
> >> at on my yumex screen right now, there is zero, nada, no mention of being 
> >> able to disable it with the currently available synaptics-0.14.6-3.fc8.rpm 
> >> package.  It is as if the old package is gone, and replaced by a totally new 
> >> one without that capability.
> > 
> > I wouldn't look there (at least not now that I'm older and wiser and
> > know where to look for this particular program).  If you have the
> > synaptics package installed, try 'man syndaemon'.  I don't have an F8
> > machine handy anymore, but I'm sure it was there.  It's been there for
> > many generations of Fedora, and probably before that.
> It's on F8 and F7 (and F6 IIRC).  I used it a lot on F8 on my laptop
> as the touchpad was way too sensitive to my thumb whacking the spacebar.

                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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