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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:17 am    Post subject: SOLVED: gpm Cursor does not function in plain Desktop Instal Reply with quote

After my initial difficulties, I re-installed everything correctly using the install-amd64-minimal-20140522.iso and stage3 files, followed the Gentoo Handbook and did emerge of the whole world, etc. But right from the first boot-up with the fancy Gentoo splash screen, to after finishing all the updates, I have never been able to get the mouse cursor to appear on the screen as it did when booting-up from the minimal install ISO. I performed a "genkernel" install all, so most anything you could configure a plain desktop for is already in place.

I found gpm already installed and have tried executing it, but nothing changes. There must be something missing in some initialization file, but I'm not sure what. PLEASE NOTE: I am running this 64-bit gentoo install as a virtual PC under VMWare 6.5, but as stated earlier, there was no problem with the cursor when using the ISO file from gentoo.org, so it should work.

If you have the cursor running on your plain desktop install, what files should I be looking into?


Thank you, TheStarman.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
emerge gpm
/etc/init.d/gpm start
rc-update add gpm default


files:
Quote:
/etc/gpm
/etc/conf.d/gpm
/etc/gpm/gpm-root.conf
/etc/gpm/gpm-syn.conf
/etc/gpm/gpm-twiddler.conf
/etc/init.d/gpm
/etc/runlevels/default/gpm
/etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/gpm.service
/lib32/libgpm.so.1
/lib32/libgpm.so.1.20.0
/lib64/libgpm.so.1
/lib64/libgpm.so.1.20.0
/usr/bin/gpm-root
/usr/include/gpm.h
/usr/lib32/libgpm.so
/usr/lib64/libgpm.so
/usr/lib64/systemd/system/gpm.service
multilib and openrc or systemd
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONAHUE wrote:
Code:
emerge gpm
/etc/init.d/gpm start
rc-update add gpm default


Thank you DONAHUE! I knew it had to be something simple: I had forgotten that in gentoo, we need to start all such daemon processes, such as SSHD, by running the program with the fully qualified path into the /etc/init.d/ folder. It is working just fine now.

And just as important: If you want it to start when you boot-up again, you must use rc-update to do so!


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