gpointing-device-settings 1.3.1-2 seems to be installed - but can't be found

Harry Potter fellowsgarden at
Mon Nov 9 15:16:42 GMT 2009

for completeness: I used the following command in Terminal to create the fdi

gksudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse-wheel.fdi

as had been described to me


I still would like to know though what ("etc") "hal" and "fdi" stand
for, acronym for what? google is full of documents using, but not
defining or describing them.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM, Harry Potter <fellowsgarden at> wrote:
> Hi Steven, hi all,
> THANKS. it worked like a charm.
> (I'm not quite sure if I now have some "redundancy" and possible
> (invisible) conflicts in my Ubuntu, since I also "installed" the tpctl
> trackpoint utility as well as the gnome gpointing-device-settings tool
> - maybe generating the fdi file would have been sufficient? - I guess
> I shall see what each tool does as I become more experienced.)
> Harry
> ps:
> Although the more I look the more "construction sites" I find, ie
> places where I still need to change settings or learn new ways coming
> from XP going to Linux, having SCROLLING back the accustomed way makes
> Ubuntu almost feel like XP to me! I finally have my laptop back
> again!!! (I'm dual-booting with BING)...
> On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM, Steven Susbauer <stupendoussteve at> wrote:
>> On Nov 8, 2009, at 8:06 AM, Harry Potter wrote:
>>> but... scrolling still ain't working for me...
>>> also, annoyingly for me on my IBM Thinkpad, the middle mouse button
>>> has a paste functionality still......
>>> is there a direct email contact or a forum you could kindly redirect
>>> me to, if this "list" isn't the right place for beginners' questions?
>> ubuntu-users at
>> I have always used the solution found at
>> to
>> enable middle button scrolling.

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