X 4.0.1

Fabio Fracassi f.fracassi at gmx.net
Mon Nov 13 11:33:44 PST 2000

On Monday 13 November 2000 18:43, you wrote:
> Ok, when I try to startx I get an error saying:
> cannot open device /dev/mouse
> but I also get the error if I have indicated /dev/psaux as my mouse in the
> XF86config file.
> is this because permissions are not correct?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis Leeuw [mailto:dleeuw at made-it.com]
> Sent: Monday, November 13, 2000 10:15 AM
> To: lfs-apps at linuxfromscratch.org
> Subject: Re: X 4.0.1
> Oeps, ... you say busmouse?
> Do you really mean busmouse?????? That means a NINE PIN MINI-DIN
> Probably not, I guess you mean ps/2 a 6-pin mini-DIN connector that is used
> on almost every keyboard now, correct?
> Well, if that is the case make sure /dev/mouse is a symlink to /dev/psaux
> or set your mouse in XF86config to /dev/psaux and make
> sure to select the protocol needed for your mouse (atleast that's it in
> XFree86 3.x.x that I am using).
> Greetings,
> Dennis
> Robert Bercik wrote:
> >         I am trying to install X 4.01 and I've got almost everything set
> up... The problem is that everytime I start the
> > Xserver it crashes and tells me my mouse device is not configured. I ran
> MAKDEV busmice and it created a couple mouse devices
> > and what not and I changed my XF86Config file to point to the appropriate
> devices. But startx still crashes with the error
> > about the mouse and something about core-pointers to my mouse and
> keyboard. Anyone know why this is happening or how to
> > manually configure my /dev/mouse device file? All input is appreciated.
> > Thanks
> >

The right device for PS/2 mice is /dev/psmouse
Be sure that your XF86Config contains following lines 
in a InputDevice Section:
 Driver        "mouse" 
 Option        "Device"        "/dev/psmouse" 
 Option        "Protocol"      "PS/2" 

Hope that helps


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