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Date:      Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:51:37 -0400 (EDT)
From:      doug <doug@fledge.watson.org>
To:        jd1008 <jd1008@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: turning off the touchpad
Message-ID:  <alpine.BSF.2.20.1609091348240.34497@fledge.watson.org>
In-Reply-To: <57D2F346.9040508@gmail.com>
References:  <alpine.BSF.2.20.1609091250140.34497@fledge.watson.org> <57D2F346.9040508@gmail.com>

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On Fri, 9 Sep 2016, jd1008 wrote:

> Do you have the command
>
> synclient
>
> in /bin or /usr/bin or /sbin or /usr/sbin ...etc ???
>
> If yes, then you can turn it off and on with that command.
>
> synclient  Touchpadoff=1  # turn it off
> synclient  Touchpadoff=0  # turn it on

Thanks for the thought but, nope; no command, package, port, or anywhere in 
/usr/local. I can find people talking about it but it seems to be gone by 10.3 
and xorg 7.7_2.

> On 09/09/2016 11:02 AM, doug wrote:
>> With the lastest version of Xorg they seem to have removed the ability to 
>> do this. AFAIK from google, the x11 mailing list and X.org this is not 
>> considered an issue or a bug. I found some stuff in FreeBSD 11.0 with 
>> sysctrls that might work there (although their issue was turning it on, if 
>> only...) those controls do not exist in FreeBSD 10.3.
>> 
>> It appears that the change in integrating all support for pointing devices 
>> in a single driver. In my 10.1 system the touchpad was supported by a 
>> driver using ps2 interface, so adding [moused_port="/dev/ums0"] to rc.conf 
>> fixed the problem.
>> 
>> I am posting here as I hope someone has found a workaround. On some laptops 
>> (esp mine) it is very hard to touch type and miss the touchpad. I wish you 
>> could turn it off in the BIOS, but no such luck.
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