Subject: Re: Configuring a PS/2 Mouse
To: Ian P. Thomas <>
From: Richard Rauch <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/05/2001 14:24:46
Your dmesg output shows the mouse has been detected and configured.  The
pms driver should support 3 buttons (but not a wheel-button).  (It looks
as if NetBSD must figure out which driver to use by probing the mouse---I
haven't looked at the code, but the GENERIC kernel config enables both the
3-button pms and the 2-button-plus-wheel-button pmsi.)

It sounds to me like everything is working normally.  Were you expecting
mouse-driven console-based cut-and-paste to be built into the kernel?  If
so, you may be in for a disappointment (but cut-and-paste works normally
under X).  There also is somewhere a GNU program, I have been told, which
supports cutting and pasting with the mouse under the console.

(If you just want cut-and-paste and don't need to do it with the mouse,
you can always use window(1), which ships with NetBSD, or GNU screen,
which is in pkgsrc.)

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