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wsmoused -- multipurpose mouse daemon
wsmoused [-d device] [-f conf_file] [-m modes] [-n]
The wsmoused daemon provides mouse support in console, allowing copying
and pasting text. The left mouse button is used to select text when held
and you use the right button to paste it in the active console.
Supported options are as follows:
-d device specifies the device file to be used as the wsmouse(4)
device. Defaults to /dev/wsmouse.
-f conf_file specifies the configuration file to be used. Defaults to
-m modes specifies which modes should be activated. Mode names
are given in the argument as a whitespace separated list.
Overrides the `modes' directive in the configuration
-n do not fork in the background (for debugging purposes).
Overrides the `nodaemon' directive in the configuration
Many other details can be tuned. See wsmoused.conf(5) for more informa-
wsmoused is designed to be a multipurpose mouse daemon. Functionality is
provided through independent modes, enabled either through the -m flag or
through the `modes' property in the configuration file (the former takes
The action mode
The `action' mode executes commands upon receiving mouse button events.
Commands can be associated on a button basis, and can differentiate
between push or release events.
The selection mode
The `selection' mode provides visual copy and paste support in text con-
soles when using the wscons(4) device. A selection is created by click-
ing with the primary mouse button at any point on the screen and dragging
it while clicked. When the button is released, the selected text is
copied to an internal buffer for further pasting with the secondary but-
/dev/ttyE[0-n] tty devices
/dev/ttyEstat wsdisplay status notification device
/dev/wsmouse[0-n] mouse control device
/etc/wsmoused.conf default configuration file
su(1), wscons(4), wsdisplay(4), wsmouse(4), rc.conf(5), ttys(5),
wscons.conf(5), wsmoused.conf(5), moused(8), rc.subr(8)
The wsmoused command first appeared in NetBSD 2.0.
The wsmoused command was developed by Julio M. Merino Vidal
wsmoused does work properly only with display drivers, which implement
WSDISPLAYIO_GETWSCHAR and WSDISPLAYIO_PUTWSCHAR ioctls. Currently only
vga(4) and drivers utilizing vcons(9) support it.
When using the `action' mode, commands specified in the configuration
file are executed as the user who started the daemon. By default, this
user is `root' when using the rc.subr(8) framework. You should set
`wsmoused_user="<some_user>"' in rc.conf(5) to a safer user (and adjust
file permissions accordingly) if the commands you want to execute do not
require superuser privileges. An alternative is to use su(1) as part of
the command string in the configuration file.
The following notes apply to all work modes:
· When switching from the X screen to a text terminal, there is a small
delay (five seconds) until the mouse works again. This time is used
by X to close the mouse device properly.
The following notes apply to the `selection' mode only:
· The mouse cursor is only visible for a short period of time. It will
disappear when you stop moving it to avoid console corruption (which
happens if it is visible and there is text output).
· You need to change the getty program which is run in the first vir-
tual terminal to use /dev/ttyE0 instead of /dev/console. To do this,
edit /etc/ttys and /etc/wscons.conf.
NetBSD 8.0 January 1, 2012 NetBSD 8.0