Kensington Mouse, was Re: operation not permitted on entropy file

David Benfell benfell at
Wed Aug 13 10:01:40 UTC 2014

On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:31:39AM +0200, Polytropon wrote:
> Nothing of this "strange stuff" should be needed for USB mice,
> as they are typically detected and configured automatically
> by devd or devfs, which invokes moused with the required options
> (if any).
Okay, so this gets weirder.

I unplugged the mouse--a Kensington trackball--from my notebook and
plugged it into the server. It still took a couple tries to get moused
to run. For one thing 'auto' for moused_type really does need to be in
lower case; it won't recognize 'AUTO'. The other thing is I had to
specify moused_port.

But by the time I got into X, the mouse was unresponsive.

I unplugged it and plugged it back into my notebook. Now my notebook
won't recognize it. Even with a restart of moused (which has helped
with touchpad glitches).

I plugged it into my Windows laptop (I'm working on a dissertation
proposal at the moment and they require MS-Word formatting that can't
be replicated with LibreOffice), and it recognized it fine.

Could it be that my favorite trackball doesn't get along with FreeBSD
so well?

David Benfell <benfell at>
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