Mouse stopped working on quit fvwm

illoai at illoai at
Sun Feb 3 18:36:32 UTC 2013

On 3 February 2013 04:23, Roger Marsh <roger.marsh at> wrote:
> 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
> /usr/local/bin/fvwm2
> 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.

Is your Xorg built with HAL support? You might have to kick
HAL.  I've not had problems using moused (& Xorg with HAL
disabled) & an old-fashioned xorg.conf.


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