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Thread: Touchpad Settings Will Not Keep

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Touchpad Settings Will Not Keep

    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on an HP dm1-4170us. While I was running Xubuntu, I had no trouble getting my synaptics touchpad settings to stick. I edited /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf with the settings I wanted (specifically setting tapbutton2=2 and tapbutton3=3) and saved the copy as 60-synaptics.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d. Now that I have switched to Ubuntu, this is not working. Does anyone have any experience with making the settings permanent in Ubuntu? I have tried the following:

    • Renaming the Identifier in my custom settings file to make sure it was loading properly. fgrep InputClass /var/log/Xorg.0.log confirmed that it was loading my configuration file after everything except the "touchpad ignore duplicates" device, but my settings were not sticking.
    • Adding terminal commands to /etc/rc.local to set the options directly in synclient.
    • Creating a new script with the line "synclient tapbutton2=2 tapbutton3=3" and adding this to the Unity Startup Applications
    • Editing /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf directly to include the options I wanted

    I know that the first and last methods worked for me in Xubuntu but are not working in Ubuntu. My best guess is that something with Unity/Gnome is resetting the touchpad settings after all of my config files/scripts are loaded. I'd greatly appreciate any help, and let me know if I can provide some more information.

    EDIT: I found a solution but I am currently out and posting from my phone. I'll post it here for others later.
    Last edited by raptir; June 2nd, 2012 at 07:29 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Re: Touchpad Settings Will Not Keep

    Alright, it seems the problem was that the Gnome touchpad settings were overriding the settings I defined in the config file, even ones that cannot be set through the gnome tocuhpad settings. The workaround is to disable the gnome mouse settings plugin.

    1. Install dconf-editor through your favorite package manager (sudo apt-get install dconf-editor from the terminal)
    2. Launch dconf-editor
    3. Navigate the tree to org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.mouse and uncheck the Active box

    The only problem with the workaround is that no settings you configure in System Settings -> Mouse and Touchpad will not be effective, so you have to make any changes you want by editing /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf.

    EDIT: Also, since marking the thread SOLVED removed the [Ubuntu] tag, please note that this problem only occurs when running Gnome/Unity in Ubuntu. This should not occur in KDE, XFCE, Lxde, etc...
    Last edited by raptir; June 3rd, 2012 at 04:42 PM.


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