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Re: [opensuse-packaging] Re: Do we really need the gpm package (general purpose mouse for console)
  • From: Michael Foerster <foerster@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:51:40 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LFD.2.00.1009071436590.6419@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 7 Sep 2010, Philipp Thomas wrote:

* Andreas Jaeger (aj@xxxxxxxxxx) [20100907 13:47]:

Does it still make sense to ship this package and compile our packages against
it or should it get dropped?

Don't drop it! gmp is the only way to get mouse support when not running X
and I'd say there are a number of reasons why you don't have/want X.

Like a batch of servers on a keyboard/mouse/monitor switch. Or the old little one in the broom closet, or ...

For sure, the gpm could stand a rewrite to better emulate keyboard events which would greatly reduce the need for compile depenencies.

But as it is atm I see no way to remove gpm without significant loss of functionality on non-X systems. - Well, may be a NEW shiny, sleek, no-overhead X12 could provide a bare-metal input-module that could be used even without the rest of X? ;->

No, for real, there is no other way at this moment. I've tried since 1996 to reduce the dependencies on gpm, while improving gpm to provide better emulation, but hey, tar (natural, not tape-archivier) moves faster.

Cheers Michael Förster aka Yamaban
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