Saturday, October 10, 2009

GPointingDeviceSettings on Moblin

If your like me, you don't like touchpad scrolling; thankfully there is the program, formerly known as gsynaptics, gpointing-device-settings. Unfortunately Moblin doesn't have a package for this program yet, fortunately all the dependencies (gtk2-devel, libXi-devel, GConf-dbus-devel) are available from the Moblin repositories. The steps are as follows:

$sudo yum groupinstall “Development Tools”
$sudo yum install gtk2-devel libXi-devel GConf-dbus-devel
$tar -xvf gpointing-device-settings-1.3.2.tar.gz
$cd gpointing-device-settings-1.3.2
$sudo make install

After this process you can run the program with the command gpointing-device-settings.


  1. I am trying to get this to work so I can hopefully use it to disable the tap to click setting which is making Moblin virtually unbearable at the moment on my ASUS 1008ha. Moblin is the first linux I have tried so please assist me. When entering the command ./configure into the terminal it executes for a moment and the last line reads error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH. How do I get this solution to work beyond this point, I believe all of the preceding steps were successful.

  2. Try:
    $ sudo yum install gcc intltool make

  3. that should do it. I had already installed gcc for something else and forgot to put that in. good catch.

  4. Hi, could you people help me? I got this message:

    checking for GNOME_SETTINGS_DAEMON... configure: error: Package requirements (gnome-settings-daemon >= 2.28.0) were not met:

    No package 'gnome-settings-daemon' found

    Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
    installed software in a non-standard prefix.

    Alternatively, you may set the environment variables GNOME_SETTINGS_DAEMON_CFLAGS
    and GNOME_SETTINGS_DAEMON_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
    See the pkg-config man page for more details.

  5. It looks like the newest gpointingdevices source (1.5.1) requires gnome-settings-daemon 2.2.8 or higher, and the current up-to-date version from the default moblin yum server is 2.2.6, so it won't configure for me with the same errors Gustavo was getting.

  6. Update: I googled a bit for version 1.3.2 and found a download link on sourceforge, it built and works perfectly for me.