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Posted on 07-16-2002 02:59 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Mark Krentel

> gpm: opps() invoked from gpm.c(976)
> /dev/psaux: No such device or address

I don't know why the mouse would suddenly stop working. But
personally, I don't like using gpm with X. Gpm is mainly to use the
mouse without X. If you use X, turn gpm off so it won't interfere.
Turn it off with its init script and ntsysv.

> I have checked the /dev directory and sure enough, a symbolic link psaux was
> present. It pointed to a file /dev/misc/psaux. I tried changing the
> XF86Config file to reference that file instead, but to no avail.

I'm surprised /dev/psaux is a symlink to /dev/misc/psaux, but maybe
Mandrake is different. Is /dev/misc/psaux a file? It should be a
char device:

# ls -l /dev/psaux
crw------- 1 root root 10, 1 Mar 23 2001 /dev/psaux

If you can't get MAKEDEV to recreate the device correctly (see man
MAKEDEV), you can create it manually with mknod. All that really
matters is that it have 10, 1 for the major, minor numbers.

# mknod psaux c 10 1
# chmod 600 psaux

> I attempted to use MAKEDEV to recreate the devices in /dev. I received an
> error indicating that the operation was not permitted.

"Permission denied" means that the request makes sense but you don't
have permission to do it. "Operation not permitted" means that
request doesn't make sense. For example, using a directory in a
context where you need a regular file, or vice-versa.

--Mark

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