Disable touchpad (was: Re: switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..))

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Dec 27 21:03:12 UTC 2017

On Wed, 2017-12-27 at 12:13 +0100, Liam Proven wrote:
> But what you're describing is info for an ALPS trackpad. It won't
> work for a Synaptics one.

What I was describing was info for ANY trackpad, or at least not
specifically for an Alps one. The first xinput step ("list")locates the
device, the second step ("list-props") tells you its name, the third
step ("set" or "disable") uses the name to disable it.
xinput reads info from the driver and uses it to control the device, so
if the wrong driver is being used that could stop xinput working

You are saying, however, that this procedure will definitely not work
for Synaptics, even with the correct driver in use?

I don't have one to test with, but googling suggests that xinput does
work with Synaptics. Google "synaptics touchpad xinput linux". I find a
LOT of pages that describe using xinput to control a Synaptics
touchpad. Several of them have handy scripts that could be bound to a
key, too...

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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