I am trying to get gpm working in a minimalist, built from scratch, linux environment. I have installed version 1.20.7 into an LFS (Linux from Scratch) 7.8 system that is running in a Virtualbox 4.3.28 instance on my Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 host. I know this is a mouthful and potentially complex problem, but I am hoping someone reading this has some insights to share.
I have recompiled the kernel with psaux, mouse, etc. I have modified /etc/sysconfig/mouse with numerous combinations of mdevice and protocol settings and rebooted between configuration changes to no avail (/dev/psaux, /dev/mice, /dev/mouse0; ps2, imps2, etc).
I have changed the VM mouse from USB to PS/2.
The problem is that no mouse cursor shows up ever.
If this has an obvious solution, it will be a relief. I don't really understand the interactions between the VM, the host, and the guest as well as I would like, but up to this point it has been relatively straightforward to deal with drives and the bios and such, but this has me stumped. All of the discussions I have found have had debian solutions or arch solutions where the answer was to apt-get or pacman or such where the package manager and OS work to configure things. I don't have the luxury of a packaging system or fully baked distro to assist.
My question can be expanded to include these as well:
- Have you been able to configure GPM to work in the console in a virtualbox vm?
- Do you have some troubleshooting tips?
- Is there a test command that I can use that will provide some kind of error or log message?