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I use debian and i3wm.

How to configure touchpad? I mean "cleck-on-tap", vertical scrolling via right touchpad side.

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Since Touchpad Synaptics is no longer actively updated you can use libinput instead.

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/30-touchpad.conf

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad"
    Driver "libinput"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    Option "Tapping" "on"
    Option "ScrollMethod" "edge"
EndSection

Here are all options listed.

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  • it's deprecated, true, but libinput has nowhere near the amount of options synaptics has. Oct 31, 2018 at 16:37
  • This works on Debian 10. Althought the file is in: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf. wiki.debian.org/LibinputTouchpad
    – Luis F.
    Mar 9, 2021 at 1:43
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The easiest way to do it is with synclient.

Use:

synclient -l

to list all options and their current settings and then you can use:

synclient var1=value1 [var2=value2] ...

to change the different options.

To make changes permanent you can either create a script and run it on i3 logon or edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d (if you don't have it copy it from /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf ). In /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d you should write your settings under:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad "on"

In the form:

Option "var1" "value1"
...

For tap-click and vertical scroll on right you should add:

Option "TapButton1" "1"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "0"

You can also take a look at arch linux wiki page about Touchpad_Synaptics

If you want more gestures take a look at touchegg

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    Thank you for reply. I added exec --no-startup-id synclient VertEdgeScroll=1 TapButton1=1 TapButton2=1 TapButton3=1 to i3wm config and it should work. Jun 23, 2016 at 14:57

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