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Bug 1514077 - Disabling touchpad also disables trackpoint
Summary: Disabling touchpad also disables trackpoint
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-desktop
Version: 27
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-11-16 15:33 UTC by Havoc Pennington
Modified: 2017-11-16 19:36 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-11-16 19:36:44 UTC

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Description Havoc Pennington 2017-11-16 15:33:47 UTC
(I know this is not filed on the right component but I don't know which component actually does this so hoping someone can move it)

Setting /org/gnome/desktop/peripherals/touchpad/send-events = 'disabled'
turns off both the touchpad and the trackpoint. This is on a T450s.

I can't figure out how to turn off only the touchpad. I don't think turning off the trackpoint is useful. Before upgrading to 27, I somehow had the touchpad off and the trackpoint on; not sure it was via this setting, but I think I had just clicked "touchpad off" somewhere, I don't think I'd gotten fancy.

To be fair, turning off the touchpad is a workaround for "disable touchpad while typing" not seeming to work, and disabling "tap-to-click" also not seeming to work. Essentially, the touchpad is clicking while I'm typing. I'd be fine if any of these three settings worked :-) because the goal is not to click while I'm typing. I'll file separate bugs on the other two.

This seems broken on both Wayland and Xorg sessions fwiw.

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2017-11-16 19:36:44 UTC
Update: the "disable touchpad" switch and related options weren't in my control center, but on suspend/unsuspend they re-appeared. It seems the desktop temporarily believed I had no touchpad hardware and so couldn't apply settings to it. So there's still some sort of bug where it can lose the touchpad, but settings may well work when the desktop knows the touchpad exists.

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