Author: Cary Language: text
Description: moused Timestamp: 2014-08-23 05:25:24 +0000
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  1. Awesome show, thanks for putting the effort and time in each week to
  2. curate and share the events and developments happening across the
  3. *BSD's. It makes for great commuting material to listen to!
  4.  
  5. I have three questions that deal with a minor issue, but I'm starting to
  6. get very frustrated with it: mouse pointer drift. When I'm trying to
  7. click on something, the pointer will start to drift towards the bottom
  8. of the screen, causing me to often miss what I'm trying to click on. My
  9. platform is PC-BSD 10[1] and a Mad Catz RAT 5 USB mouse[2].
  10.  
  11. In my digging to remedy the issue, I found that moused(8) has the -T
  12. flag, to terminate drift. I've been playing with various values for the
  13. pixel count and millisecond count, but the issue remains.
  14.  
  15. Question 1: Is there a tool I can use to find the drift, so I'm not
  16. shooting in the dark so much for this flag?
  17.  
  18. After setting the value in /etc/rc.conf, I'd like to restart moused(8)
  19. to have the new settings take effect without rebooting the whole
  20. machine. I've tried `service moused restart` but get the error:
  21.         "moused not running (check /var/run/moused.pid).
  22.         Starting default mousedmoused: unable to open /dev/psm0: No such file
  23. or directory
  24. ."
  25. In the /var/run directory, there is a moused.usm0.pid file. I've tried
  26. SIGHUP'ing that file:
  27.         sudo kill -HUP `sudo cat /var/run/moused.usm0.pid`
  28. and managed to kill my mouse pointer all together! Fortunately, I could
  29. reboot from the terminal.
  30.  
  31. Question 2: What is the correct way to restart the moused(8) program
  32. without rebooting the system?
  33.  
  34. Question 3: I might be looking in the wrong area altogether with moused;
  35. what else should I be considering when trying to eliminate the pointer
  36. drift of my mouse? xorg.conf[3]?
  37.  
  38. Thanks again for your service to the BSD community!
  39.  
  40. [1] % uname -a
  41. FreeBSD neon.local 10.0-RELEASE-p15 FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p15 #0: Wed Jul
  42. 9 15:46:53 UTC 2014
  43. root@amd64-builder.pcbsd.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
  44.  
  45. [2] dmesg output:
  46. ugen0.3: <Mad Catz> at usbus0
  47. ums0: <Mad Catz Mad Catz R.A.T.5 Mouse, class 0/0, rev 2.00/2.22, addr
  48. 3> on usbus0
  49. ums0: 13 buttons and [XYZ] coordinates ID=0
  50.  
  51. [3] mouse device section from xorg.conf:
  52. Section "InputDevice"
  53.    Identifier     "Mouse0"
  54.    Driver         "mouse"
  55.    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
  56.    Option         "Device" "/dev/sysmouse"
  57.    Option         "Buttons" "6"
  58.    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
  59.    Option         "Emulate3Buttons"
  60. EndSection
  61.  
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