mouse problems on Lumina

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Aug 30 21:35:28 UTC 2016

On Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:21:44 -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:
> Dear FreeBSD users,
> I have successfully installed FreeBSD 11.0RC2, I have installed Lumina
> as my desktop, it is small and does not use much memory.  I like it
> and have run it successfully on another machine running DragonFly.  I
> have dbus_enabled="YES" in /etc/rc.conf and added hald_enable="YES" as
> well, [...]

Is HAL still needed? I thought it was abolished in Linux some
years ago and is not neccessary in FreeBSD anymore. Have you
tried temporarily disabling HAL and checking if it was the
cause of your problem? That would be my first suggestion for
further diagnostics.

> [...] but I lose mouse functionality when I switch from firefox to a
> terminal and then try to switch back to firefox, the mouse pointer
> gets lost and looks like a capital i .

That cursor shape is a typical text field (input area) cursor.

Otherwise, you could try using X terminals instead of switching
to the text mode virtual terminals. (If I read your question
correctly, you're refering to switching "out of" and "back to" X;
if this problem concerns switching between xterms and Firefox...
well, that would really be strange.)

> I have to use alt keys
> sometimes to quit applications.

Which key combination is this? Do you say that it isn't working
even though it should?

> Mouse is a usb mouse device usm0 from
> Microsoft, and I also have moused_enabled="YES" in /etc/rc.conf.

The moused entry isn't needed for USB mice, you can remove it.

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