Mouse stopped working on quit fvwm

Roger Marsh roger.marsh at
Sun Feb 3 09:17:28 UTC 2013

The problem was encountered when upgrading to FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE and a 18  
January 2013 portsnap.

Steps were:

Upgrade to FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE
pkg_delete -a
rm -r /usr/local/*
Install ports using portmaster
Turn on the ttyv8 xdm and reboot
Login via the xdm dialog using the user .xsession file containing just  
Do whatever and quit from fvwm back to the xdm dialogue

Usually, but not always, the pointer does not move in response to pointer  
device.  But it is still possible to login and get the fvwm display back,  
but pointless because the pointer still does not move.

Only recovery option found was reboot.  For me the most convenient work  
around is turn xdm off and login at a terminal and use the command 'startx  
&& exit'.

It was quite a while before it occurred to me that the absence of  
xorg.conf from all the usual locations might be the problem.

It is not a surprise now if X just works without any manual configuration.

The Xorg -configure and X -config /root/ dance gives a black  
screen on the hardware.

For both reasons I did not bother with the dance when doing the upgrade.

After generating and copying to /etc/X11/xorg.conf the  
pointer was mobile after quitting from fvwm.

Although it works I did not quite trust the generated xorg.conf because of  
the black screen and wondered if any of the information in the file was  
needed.  So I deleted it and replaced it by 'touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf'.   
The pointer is mobile after quitting from fvwm.

Maybe the problem was my sloppy configuration management in losing, I  
assume, an existing xorg.conf file.

But maybe it is a bug because it is not a surprise if X just works without  
any manual configuration and the problem occurs possibly after hours of  
successful and varied use of applications via fvwm.

Roger Marsh

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