be verbose; this option may be specified multiple times for increasing
levels of verbosity
produce output appropriate for XFree86 3.x configuration
produce output appropriate for XFree86 4.x configuration
is a tool for autoconfiguring mice and compatible pointing devices; it is
typically used as the backend to some user-friendly frontend code that, for
example, asks the user to move the mouse for a moment.
is then run while user is producing input on the mouse device. While mouse
motion during detection is sometimes unnecessary, it is seldom problematic.
writes the autodetected mouse device and protocol to standard output.
Unless either of the
options is given,
produces output appropriate for configuring the
program. Alternatively, output appropriate for an XFree86 X server
configuration file is produced. If the
option is given, some information about the program's status is also
written to standard output, but this is largely unimplemented at this
is unable to find a mouse device, it exits after a few seconds of
Detection of serial and PS/2 devices is often aided by moving the mouse while
Terminals connected to serial ports may display a small amount of garbage
to the screen while
probes them, but this a harmless side-effect; the terminal's line settings
are restored after the port has been probed.
exit status is used to communicate information.
found a mouse and exited normally.
An error occurred while attempting to read from the mouse device.
timed out and gave up searching for a mouse device; this indicates either
that no mouse device is attached to the computer, or that a mouse device
knows nothing about. This also happens if your only mouse device(s) are
already open and in use; for instance, by
or an X Window System server.
An error occurred while trying to set up
is copyright 1999 Caldera Systems, Inc. The actual authors are unknown.
Branden Robinson of Progeny Linux Systems, Inc. and the Debian Project
added several enhancements, including the XFree86-aware code and this
manual page. Richard Hirst wrote code to save and restore serial port