[nSLUG] Serial drivers for Ubuntu 10.04?

Joel Maxuel j.maxuel at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 14:57:42 AST 2013

With a quick google search of `gpm-mouse-test protocol` I came across
a man page for the program.  Under Description:

"This experimental and incomplete application tries to help in
detecting which protocol does your mouse speak. It is able to detect
MouseMan devices, and to choose between `-t ms' (three-buttons aware)
and `-t bare' old two-buttons-only serial mice."

With this, I would try:

gpm-mouse-test /dev/ttyS0 -t bare

If it accepts that parameter but still does not work, try the other:

gpm-mouse-test /dev/ttyS0 -t ms

If GPM supports more types (which looks like it judging by Mikes
post), you may need to use the GPM daemon for the rest of the
protocols and see what turns up.  For this test, a properly running
GPM will have a mouse pointer in a virtual console (tty1 through tty6)
that can select text (click and drag) and paste those contents by
clicking the middle mouse button (or by mashing the left and right
buttons at the same time if a middle is absent).

Any protocol that does not work, stop the daemon (likely
/etc/init.d/gpm stop) and start it again with the next protocol.

Joel Maxuel

"One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret."
 - Ronan Harris / Mark Jackson

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Trina Hanson <trina.hanson79 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The man page mentions the device name as the parameter.  So
>> 'gpm-mouse-test /dev/ttyS0'  may be more fruitful (and if I recall
>> correctly, the program moves a pointer on the screen once the
>> mouse/trackball is moved).
> ***  Using the command "gpm-mouse-test /dev/ttyS0" does prove to be more
> fruitful, however the issue there is that after we go through all the steps
> it gives me this option, which I am not sure on.
> "Then, you should use the "bare" protocol on "/dev/ttyS0""
> I found that bare stood for the following:
> "The possible mouse types are:
> bare (Microsoft)"
> The 2 things that I am unsure of is:
> 1.  Where do I add this option?
> 2.  What is the proper syntax to add this option?
> Thank you everyone for your suggestions
> Cheers,
> Trina
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