Re: What is the Right Way(�"o) to run X?

Daniel O'Connor darius at
Mon Mar 18 03:20:25 UTC 2013

On 18/03/2013, at 11:51, Kevin Oberman <rkoberman at> wrote:
>> This sounds exactly like what I have, although I do find it odd that hal doesn't manage to open /dev/sysmouse and use that (even if it fails for /dev/ums* etc). lshal does show a mount device listed with /dev/sysmouse as the device name.
> Very odd. I have been running with xorg, sysmouse and hal for a long time with no real issues. No AutoAddDevices or AllowEmptyInput at all.
> lshal shows that the magic is working:
> di = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/psm_0'
>   freebsd.device_file = '/dev/psm0'  (string)
>   freebsd.driver = 'psm'  (string)
>   freebsd.unit = 0  (0x0)  (int)
>   info.addons = {'hald-addon-mouse-sysmouse'} (string list)
>   info.capabilities = {'input', 'input.mouse'} (string list)
>   info.category = 'input'  (string)
>   info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/atkbdc_0'  (string)
>   info.product = 'PS/2 Mouse'  (string)
>   info.subsystem = 'platform'  (string)
>   info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/psm_0'  (string)
>   input.device = '/dev/sysmouse'  (string)
>   input.x11_driver = 'mouse'  (string)
> = 'psm.0'  (string)
> Note that the input.device is sysmouse and that it works. Does lshal how the input device to be sysmouse on your system?

I wonder, I have 2 USB mice maybe that is a problem.
The full output of lshal is at

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