How to configure the TrackPoint
|The kernel trackpoint driver is controlled by echoing values to special files. Common configuration options are outlined below.|
The configuration options are reflected by the files you can find in /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2. See the TrackPoint driver page for a complete list. Configuration is done by echoing the appropriate values into these special files.
If you want to set the sysfs parameters at boot, you can use the sysfsutils and put the preferred value in /etc/sysfs.conf.
Most common Features
The most common settings are Press to Select, sensitivity, speed and scrolling.
Press to Select
Press to Select allows you to tap the control stick which will simulate a left click. You can enable this feature by typing the following in to a terminal (you may need to be root):
# echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/press_to_select
Press to Select should now be enabled. You can disable it in a similar manner:
# echo -n 0 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/press_to_select
You can use this script to automate the operation
#!/bin/bash if [ "$1" = "1" ]; then echo "Turning on tap on TrackPoint" echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/press_to_select exit 0 fi if [ "$1" = "0" ]; then echo "Turning off tap on TrackPoint" echo -n 0 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/press_to_select exit 0 fi echo -n "Tap status: " cat /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/press_to_select
Sensitivity & Speed
Adjusting the speed and sensitivity of the TrackPoint requires echoing a value between 0 and 255 into the appropriate file. For example, for a speed of 120 and a sensitivity of 250, type the following into a terminal:
# echo -n 120 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/speed
# echo -n 250 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/sensitivity
Feel free to experiment with your settings until you find a combination that is comfortable.
When you satisfy your setting , add the two lines into /etc/rc.d/rc.local in order to avoid restoring the default setting every time the system reboots.
Using a kernel prior to 2.6.11
The scrolling action is essentially the same as is used in the TrackPoint Windows drivers. To enable this feature, type the following in to a terminal (you may need to be root):
# echo -n 1 > /proc/trackpoint/scroll
Then press the middle button and push the stick up and down to scroll. Similarly, to disable scrolling:
# echo -n 0 > /proc/trackpoint/scroll
Using the X server (kernel 2.6.11+)
The scroll setting has been removed from the trackpoint driver in kernel versions 2.6.11 and above. Scroll emulation should now be handled in the X server.
A nice side effect of that is, that middle button scrolling applies to any mouse and not just the TrackPoint interface, which can be a quite handy feature for desktop computers or people who prefer to use an external mouse, especially when scrolling through long lists or needing to use horizontal scrolling with a mouse which has only a vertical scroll wheel.
The necessary functionality, known as "EmulateWheelTimeout" allowing to use button 2 for a middle click, wasn't implemented in Xorg prior to 6.9/7.0. However, there was a patch included in most distributions packages of Xorg, which was announced here. You can find an updated version of the package in the experimental branch of Debian or try to build the mouse driver yourself with the information in the announcement. This has successfully been tried with FC3's 6.8.2 packages.
Once this functionality is in the X.org, add these lines to your TrackPoint configuration section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Option "EmulateWheel" "on" Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
It may also be necessary to add these lines:
Option "YAxisMapping" "4 5" Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7"
which specify which buttons are mapped to motion in the vertical (Y) and horizontal (X) directions, respectively, in wheel emulation mode (see http://www.xfree86.org/current/mouse.4.html).
So, a complete mouse section, that implements this nicely and works very well on my R51, even with a simultaneously connected USB mouse, looks like that (tried out today, 20th of September, 2006 on Dapper):
Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Configured Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "CorePointer" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on" Option "Emulate3TimeOut" "50" Option "EmulateWheel" "on" Option "EmulateWheelTimeOut" "200" Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2" Option "YAxisMapping" "4 5" Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection
The mappings for Y and Z are the same, since the "Z-Axis" refers to actual hardware scrolling wheels which usually scroll the screen along the Y-Axis. If there is no hardware scrolling wheel present, horizontal and vertical scrolling using the TrackPoint work fine without the Z-Axis line.
Now restart X and hold down button 2 and move the mouse to scroll, or just press and release button 2 for a middle click.
To make this work with the synaptics driver for the touchpad, you can add
Option "GuestMouseOff" "1"
to the synaptics device section. This will make the synaptics driver ignore the Trackpoint, so it will be handled by the mouse driver. This allowed me to disable the touchpad while making the TrackPoint work like it should.
EmulateWheelTimeout temporarily broken (-> fix for Ubuntu Dapper)
Unfortunately, there was a regression so that EmulateWheelTimeout was broken in X.org 6.9.0, and fixed on March 20th, 2006. You can see the primary bug report here, and also reports on the Mandriva and Debian (#346098, #320136) packages.
Unfortunately, this bug is still present in Ubuntu Dapper Drake's xserver-xorg-input-mouse package (version 220.127.116.11+cvs.20060109-0ubuntu1)!
Use the following procedure to make it (middle button scrolling & middle button pasting) work:
$ cd /desired/path && mkdir tmp && cd tmp(create temporary directory somewhere)
$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list(insert/uncomment the deb-src lines, save and exit)
$ sudo apt-get update
$ apt-get source xserver-xorg-input-mice(in order to get the source code)
$ sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-dev(this package and the packages it depends on are needed in order to compile the source code, use aptitude for easy removal later on)
$ cd xserver-xorg-input-mouse-18.104.22.168+cvs.20060109/
$ wget http://librarian.launchpad.net/2639933/xserver-xorg-input-mouse_22.214.171.124+cvs.20060109-0ubuntu2.debdiff(downloads the patch that fixes the bug)
$ patch -p1 < xserver-xorg-input-mouse_126.96.36.199+cvs.20060109-0ubuntu2.debdiff(applies the bug fix)
$ fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage(rebuilds the package... watch out for errors and install other missing packages)
$ sudo dpkg -i ../xserver-xorg-input-mouse_188.8.131.52+cvs.20060109-0ubuntu2_i386.deb(installs the rebuilt built package)
$ sudo aptitude remove xserver-xorg-dev(removes the packages needed to rebuild the package)
Hope it works for you, it did work for me! CrypTom
Older versions of X.org
For older versions of Xorg or for Xfree86 (/etc/X11/XF86Config) try this:
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true" Option "EmulateWheel" "true" Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
Now restart X and hold down button two and move the mouse for scrolling. To get a middle click, press buttons 1 and 3 simultaneously.
Soft Transparent Mode
If you wish to connect a special device to the external PS/2 port, you should consider using "Soft Transparent Mode" so that the TrackPoint controller does not interpret any commands sent to the external PS/2 port. You can enable soft transparent mode by typing the following in to a terminal:
# echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/transparent
Disabling soft transparent mode is similar:
# echo -n 0 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/transparent
Modify trackpoint parameter permanently in trackpoint.h
If you do not want to run a script to reconfigure the trackpoint you can change the default settings in the trackpoint header file that is located in
First you must convert the values (decimal numbers) you normaly echo to /sys/[...] to hex:
echo -e 'obase=16;<DECIMAL_NUMBER>' | bc
Then simply replace the default hex values in trackpoint.h, run 'make && make modules_install' to recompile and install psmouse.ko (should be compiled as module)
Example patch (speed=100, sensitivity=190, press_to_select=1):
--- trackpoint.h.orig 2006-01-17 16:18:30.000000000 +0100 +++ trackpoint.h 2006-01-17 16:25:47.000000000 +0100 @@ -108,9 +108,9 @@ /* * Default power on values */ -#define TP_DEF_SENS 0x80 +#define TP_DEF_SENS 0xBE #define TP_DEF_INERTIA 0x06 -#define TP_DEF_SPEED 0x61 +#define TP_DEF_SPEED 0x64 #define TP_DEF_REACH 0x0A #define TP_DEF_DRAGHYS 0xFF @@ -123,7 +123,7 @@ /* Toggles */ #define TP_DEF_MB 0x00 -#define TP_DEF_PTSON 0x00 +#define TP_DEF_PTSON 0x01 #define TP_DEF_SKIPBACK 0x00 #define TP_DEF_EXT_DEV 0x01
Configure firefox for using trackpoint horizontal scrolling
Vertical Scrolling seems to work out of the box in firefox if you followed the steps above. Anyway, there is a problem when you don't scroll exactly vertical, because horizontal scrolling turns into browser BACK/FORWARD commands. You can avoid this by typing about:config + ENTER in the address bar of firefox. You have to adjust the following options:
mousewheel.horizscroll.withcontrolkey.action = 3; mousewheel.horizscroll.withcontrolkey.numlines = 1; mousewheel.horizscroll.withcontrolkey.sysnumlines = true; mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action = 0; mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.numlines = 1; mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.sysnumlines = true; mousewheel.horizscroll.withshiftkey.action = 1; mousewheel.horizscroll.withshiftkey.numlines = 1; mousewheel.horizscroll.withshiftkey.sysnumlines = true;
FWIW, you can change only the following value to remove the browser BACK/FORWARD commands:
mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action = 0;
With that, you can still go BACK/FORWARD by pressing together the shift or the alt key, while with the control key you increase or decrease the font size.
Configure Opera for using trackpoint horizontal scrolling
You'll experience the same annoying problem with the popular browser Opera. To fix this you need to edit the configfile standard_mouse.ini in e.g. /usr/share/opera/ini/ (Debian) or /opt/opera/share/opera/ini/ (Gentoo) and comment out the following lines
Button6 = Back Button7 = Forward
so they look like that
;Button6 = Back ;Button7 = Forward
Remember, Button6 and Button7 do not so coincidental correspond with our X configuration we know from above:
Option "YAxisMapping" "6 7"
After this change you will be able to scroll vertically and horizontally with your middle button.
Fixing trackpoint under Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon
Using trackpoint deamon
My default Ubuntu Gutsy (running on an X61s) would give the following error messages when running the trackpoint daemon. Running
caused a bunch of error messages, as the wrong device was in
I fixed this by changing:
echo -n > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/serio2/sensitivity
echo -n > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/sensitivity
In addition, Ubuntu ran the appropriate /etc/init.d/trackpoint script on booting, but would give a bunch of errors (which, oddly, I could never find in any of the log files).
It seems that it was running the scripts too early in the boot sequence. The Gutsy package provided
so I renamed this to S99trackpoint (and in all the other rc.? directories) and it now works on boot.
Editing the kernel config files
Another way of configuring the trackpoint without using the trackpoint daemon is to edit the values of the trackpoint files which, BTW, are located in
The script should be executed during boot. This can be done in an init script (e.g. /etc/bootmisc.sh in some distros)
#! /bin/sh # # configuration du trackpoint # # vitesse echo -n 120 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/speed # sensibilité echo -n 250 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivity # press to select echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/press_to_select
An Ubuntu/Fedora example
Another script that I've created seems to work with all versions of Ubuntu/Fedora that I've been able to try (comment out and uncomment the appropriate lines for fedora/ubuntu as necessary) Place in /etc/rc.local or equivalent for your distro:
#************************* ## START TRACKPOINT CONFIG #************************* # For fedora (the slash after "speed" is returned) # TRACKPATH=$(find /sys -print0 | grep -FzZ "/serio2/speed" | sed s^speed/^^) # For ubuntu (the slash after "speed" is not returned) TRACKPATH=$(find /sys -print0 | grep -FzZ "/serio2/speed" | sed s/speed//) ## Select "press_to_select" on the trackpoint input device ## We need to specify the TRACKPATH above because the device under "serio#" ## changes between system boots. (We first test to see if the file we want ## to modify exists, if it does, we make the change #[ -f $TRACKPATH/press_to_select ] && echo -n 1 > $TRACKPATH/press_to_select ## Adjust the speed setting of the trackpoint input device [ -f $TRACKPATH/speed ] && echo -n 120 > $TRACKPATH/speed ## Adjust the sensitivity setting of the trackpoint input device [ -f $TRACKPATH/sensitivity ] && echo -n 200 > $TRACKPATH/sensitivity #*********************** ## END TRACKPOINT CONFIG #***********************