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Re: Disabling mouse taps on Fedora 10 (solved)

Linux Media wrote:
I not only wanted to send a 'Solved' post, but pieced together a step by step on how to do this from all the posts...

Copy/Rename the FDI file...
cp /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-synaptics.fdi \

edit this file (11-synaptics.fdi) as indicated in the thread appropriate
section for your touchpad (you can discover which touchpad section by
'cat /proc/bus/input/devices')


I added:
<merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">On</merge>
(allowing 'on the fly' shutting on and off of features with 'synclient')
<merge key="input.x11_options.TouchpadOff" type="string">2</merge>
(Turns the mouse pad tapping (and other) features off)

I can still do:
synclient TouchpadOff=0
to turn the features on.

My /etc/hal/fdi/policy/11-synaptics.fdi is in the paste bin as an example...

I did it by changing xorg.conf touchpad section to set the touch duration to zero. I can go dig out the details if you care, lots of discussion in this list on how to create the xorg.conf.

Thanks, but I did a lot of research prior to figuring this out and the consensus is that Fedora 10 left out xorg.conf for a reason and that it is not a good idea to use that approach anymore because it conflicts with the new approach.

No, the "reason" was that someone decided that it wasn't needed and someone might screw it up if they had it. The Windows "we know what you want on your computer" approach. Trust me, for some hardware configurations you absolutely need it, the autoconfig simply isn't up to properly handling some displays.

You must have missed the long thread (this thread) that's been going on with this discussion.

You didn't see my name in them? About 30% of my hardware works less than optimally (or not at all) w/o xorg.conf. I believe (based on what I read) it's also needed to allow connecting a monitor to a netbook as well, otherwise you have to boot with the monitor connected and powered up every time to have it configured.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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