Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 37479
mouseconfig segfaults if /dev/mouse is set to ttyS0 and X is not configured.
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
mouseconfig segfaults if /dev/mouse points to ttyS0 (1,2,...), X is not
configured, and no mouse is present. If the soft link is returned to psaux
manually, mouseconfig runs normally again.
Reproducible: Always (the 3 times I tested it)
Steps to reproduce:
1. Run mouseconfig, and choose a Generic Mouse on ttyS0 (with no mouse
present, simulating user confusion over which serial port the mouse is
2. Select No when asked to make the XF86Config changes.
3. mouseconfig exits. note the symlink /dev/mouse -> /dev/ttyS0, but
/etc/sysconfig/mouse looks like this:
FULLNAME="Generic Mouse (serial)"
4. Running mouseconfig again gives this error (across the top of the screen):
mouseconfig: line 5 unexpected in /etc/sysconfig/mouse
And the box shows:
There was an error reading the file /etc/sysconfig/mouse. Would you like
to proceed in creating a new configuration?
5. Hit OK. This presents you with a choice of serial mice. Choosing
another mouse again results in the same behavior (probably because of the
6. The problem comes when you try to get back to using a PS/2 mouse.
Since mouseconfig no longer gives you the option to choose a PS/2 mouse (or
anything else) you delete /etc/sysconfig/mouse and...
7. Run mouseconfig again, which tries to probe for a mouse and then
segfaults when it can't find one.
This seems to result from mouseconfig checking to see where /dev/mouse is
pointing, and then presenting you with options that apply there (apparently
all options apply to PS/2 mice). If /dev/mouse is pointed to a serial port
without a mouse, mouseconfig cannot handle that situation and either
segfaults or presents with the error and won't allow you to switch back to
The expected behavior would be for mouseconfig to allow you to choose your
mouse, and set up /dev/mouse, /etc/sysconfig/mouse, and the XF86Config file
small addendum: If /etc/sysconfig/mouse does not exist, mouseconfig continues
to segfault until you touch or otherwise re-create the file.
another small addition: Now my mouseconfig doesn't work at all (/dev/mouse ->
/dev/psaux, /etc/sysconfig/mouse exists but is empty). I tried cleaning out
everything I could find -- the symlink, the /etc/sysconfig/mouse file, and the
XF86Config-4. Still no go. I love test boxes...
This should've been fixed by the 7.1 mouseconfig errata. Closing - Errata.