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    touchpad tapping mod

    This problem has been addressed on this forum before but I can't make the answer work. Touchpad tapping is not enabled by default, but 'synclient TapButton1=1' from a console at run level 5 enables it. It does not work from run level 2 because that is not a graphical environment. In order to make the change permanent the advice is to go to /etc/X11/Xsession.d and add a file say '15x11-synaptics' with this content : synclient "TapButton1=1". The problem is that the file system is mounted read-only and chmod doesn't work. You can't find the file on the unmounted flash drive. How can you get this line in Xsession.d?

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    Did you try this command in a terminal:

    Code:
    sudo leafpad /etc/X11/Xsession.d/15x11-synaptics

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    Greetings was698002 and welcome to the forum.

    All but one of the files in /etc/X11/Xsession.d are owned by root and read-only.
    However, one file, 45knoppix, is owned by root and also executable.

    I add a synclient command to this file, at its end, to tweak my touchpad.
    This is slightly simpler than adding a new file just for this one tweak.

    Quote marks are not necessary for the command.

    Of course, you'll need to have persistence working for this to make a permanent
    change to your system.

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    SOLVED -thanks

    Works fine on 7.7.2 despite the file description as an anachronistic holdover. Never would have found it without you. thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    Greetings was698002 and welcome to the forum.

    All but one of the files in /etc/X11/Xsession.d are owned by root and read-only.
    However, one file, 45knoppix, is owned by root and also executable.

    I add a synclient command to this file, at its end, to tweak my touchpad.
    This is slightly simpler than adding a new file just for this one tweak.

    Quote marks are not necessary for the command.

    Of course, you'll need to have persistence working for this to make a permanent
    change to your system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by was698002 View Post
    Works fine on 7.7.2 ... thanks.
    Was not aware of 7.7.2, but glad it works for you.
    The old forum record harks back to when I thought /etc/rc.local should work, and it didn't.

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