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Thread: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

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    Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    My system is Ubuntu 13.10, 64-bit. I have a laptop with a touchpad that is not controlled by a synaptics driver.
    Am presently using the touchpad-indicator application to disable the touchpad.
    When I click on the touchpad-indicator Prefences, the application crashes. Seems to be looking for a synaptics driver.
    Is there a command-line command in the touchpad-indicator application to disable the touchpad?

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    I am using a System76 Serp6.
    Here is what System76 has to say about my touchpad problems:
    "We're aware of this issue. It's complicated by the fact that this trackpad actually works in a way similar to a theramin than a Synaptics touchpad. Currently, the best solution I can provide is to turn the trackpad off (Fn+F1) while typing, then turn it back on when you're finished. "

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    alternative, use an external mouse.
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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    Thread moved to System76 Support.

    You might have more luck here as seems specific to the System76 touchpad. This kinda says it all:

    ... this trackpad actually works in a way similar to a theramin than a Synaptics touchpad.

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    Well, I turn off the touchpad and use the mouse. However, every time I reboot, I have to be sure to turn off the touchpad in the touchpad-indicator application. It used to be possible to set the preferences in the touchpad-indicator to have the touchpad be turned off when touchpad-indicator started at boot time. However, when clicking on "Preferences" in the touchpad-indicator app. causes this application to crash now and no longer works.
    That is why I asked my specific question: Is there a command-line command to turn off the touchpad in the touchpad-indicator application?
    Can't seem to find an answer to this question.

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    Is there a reason you can't/don't want to turn the trackpad off using (Fn+F1)?

    reason for edit: typo

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    Although your response does not answer my question of: "Is there a command-line command to turn off the touchpad in the touchpad-indicator application?' I'll answer your question.
    I tried the Fn-F1 routine for a long time. There were times when I just neglected to click on these keys until havoc occurred. Therefore I am looking for an automatic solution that the touchpad-indicator provided through Preferences. Unfortunatley, clicking on Preferences crashes the entire application now. That is why am looking for a command-line command that I can use to set the touchpad to be disabled. Sure wished that I could program in python. Suredly, the answer is in the code of the touchpad-indicator application.

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    On my computer, these commands work:

    Enable touchpad:
    Code:
    xinput --set-prop 'FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad' 'Device Enabled' 1
    Disable touchpad:
    Code:
    xinput --set-prop 'FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad' 'Device Enabled' 0
    The parameter 'FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad' is the device name for my touchpad. On your computer, use this command to determine the device name:
    Code:
    xinput --list
    For more information:
    Code:
    man xinput
    Last edited by Dave_L; December 11th, 2013 at 04:00 AM. Reason: Simplified answer

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    Re: Command-line command to disable the touchpad?

    The command
    xinput --set-prop 'FSPPS/2 Sentelic FingerSensingPad' 'Device Enabled' 0
    works perfectly on my laptop as well.
    Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction.

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