Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 51419
PS/2 wheelmice might not be made by Microsoft
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:47:51 EDT
I have a PS/2 wheelmouse from Logitech. When rerunning mouseconfig
recently, I thought I couldn't find any appropriate entry for it. After
digging a bit I realised I should have choosen "Microsoft IntelliMouse
(PS/2)" to get the correct values in /etc/sysconfig/mouse and
From bug report 31111 I realise I'm not the only one who have misunderstood
the menu. Maybe a more generic description of the mouse type would help.
"Generic IntelliMouse (PS/2)" perhaps, or maybe "IntelliMouse wheelmouse
There does seem to be some confusion with respect to mouse configuration
indeed. One particular peoblem I've noticed is the confusion between
the "brand" of mouse a person has, and the "protocol" that mouse uses in
XFree86 and gpm. There are many different protocols various mice use
to communicate with the computer. Every mouse has a favoured protocol
that the vendor has developed it to use as the default, and in addition
to that, many mice support other common mouse protocols also, so as to
have better compatibility.
Mice running under XFree86 and gpm are configured based on the protocol
that they use, and not on the company who made the mouse. For example,
most Logitech mice natively speak one of the logitech mouse protocols,
however they also speak one or more of the microsoft mouse protocols
as well. It is often possible to configure a logitech mouse to use
one of several protocols. It does however look a bit odd to an end
user to tell X they're using an Intellimouse PS/2 (IMPS/2) which is
a Microsoft mouse, when in fact they're using a Logitech USB mouse.
The thing is, that Logitech mouse is using the IMPS/2 _protocol_ to
communicate with the computer, and that is what is being configured,
rather than the make/model.
I've found that most mice nowadays will use the IMPS2 protocol, and
work better generally if configured to use that protocol.
Our utilities should probably be updated to reflect the current types
of hardware on the market, and use defaults that are most likely to work
for a given type of mouse. Since we do not have every piece of hardware
out there however, we rely on users bug reports and their solutions in
order to set up most of our default settings for stuff like this.
Just thought I'd add this blurb to the report as I stumbled across it.
I have just completed a text mode interface for redhat-config-mouse, which means
that mouseconfig will be deprecated in the next release of Red Hat Linux.
Therefore, I will not be putting any development time towards fixing mouseconfig
bugs, so I'm closing this as 'wontfix'.
Understood. No point working with a dying tool.
My intention was to confirm this by closing the bug. But it seems this is no
longer possible for me as a reporter. (The documentation page,
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/bug_status.cgi, still says it should have
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.