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Bug 46130 - gpm initscript ignores nonstandard mouse device
gpm initscript ignores nonstandard mouse device
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 41553
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-06-26 21:35 EDT by Michael Chapman
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Description Michael Chapman 2001-06-26 21:35:14 EDT
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Description of problem:
The gpm initscript (/etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm) ignores the setting of the DEVICE
variable in
/etc/sysconfig/gpm . If there is no /dev/mouse symlink or device node, this
script fails upon startup with:

gpm: oops() invoked from gpm.c(978)
/dev/mouse: No such file or directory

In the /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm script, one of the if...then statements has the
wrong logic. To
fix, apply the following patch:

--- gpm.old     Wed Jun 27 11:22:22 2001
+++ gpm Wed Jun 27 11:22:30 2001
@@ -36,7 +36,7 @@
-       if [ -n "$DEVICE" ]; then
+       if [ -z "$DEVICE" ]; then

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
% su
# cd /dev
# mv mouse mouse1

... edit /etc/sysconfig/gpm so that it has the line

# /sbin/service gpm restart

Additional info:

I encountered this bug while configuring my system to use devfs. On most
systems, /dev/mouse mouse will be a symlink to the real mouse device (eg,
/dev/psaux), so this
bug will not be apparent.
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2001-07-19 12:02:15 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 41553 ***

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