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touchpad absolute / relative behaviour

asked 2018-01-29 18:02:52 -0500

grahamm gravatar image

updated 2018-01-29 18:11:57 -0500

Just upgrade a perfectly working Fedora 26 laptop to 27 and I am experiencing problems with the trackpad. As I touch the touchpad it moves the pointer to the absolute position on the screen. However the touchpad doesn't seem to extend to the edge of the screen. So naturally I released pressure on the touchpad and tried to scroll a bit more. This though puts the pointer back to the absolute position on the screen. I am sure it didn't work that way before.

I've gone through the xinput properties and tried to set as RELATIVE or ABSOLUTE but nothing changes. I also used have scrolling on the edges of the touchpad and double tap for double click. Any help on how to restore these settings would be really appreciated.

I also had trouble with the keyboard mapping, the settings reported UK but the ibus gui said otherwise. Changing it to UK in ibus made the keyboard work. I just don't understand why the keyboard is present in two places.

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answered 2018-01-29 18:13:31 -0500

grahamm gravatar image

updated 2018-01-29 18:16:43 -0500

I can answer my own question. The below does work:

xinput set-mode <id> RELATIVE

I just hadn't restarted the session (doh!).

Just need to fix buttons and scrolling now....

UPDATE: scrolling works already. Odd.

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Excellent! Thank you for letting us all know. As you didn't mention what DE you're using, I presume that it's Gnome, as that's the default. It helps to know, because sometimes, different DEs have different ways to configure things like this, although not in this case. In any event, feel free to come back if/when you next need help.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-01-29 18:20:04 -0500 )edit

Yes it is gnome.

grahamm gravatar imagegrahamm ( 2018-05-24 17:11:49 -0500 )edit

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