[xmonad] Re: Keyboard and mouse dying

Spencer Janssen sjanssen at cse.unl.edu
Wed Jul 9 16:48:57 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 03:39:20PM -0300, Maurí­cio wrote:
> >> When using xmonad, sometimes my mouse and keyboard stop
> >> answering, to the point that I have to reboot the computer.
> >
> > Hrm, that's bad. I haven't had that happen since around 0.3.
> > One thing that caused problems was hitting mod-q while a child
> > process (e.g. a spawned dzen) was running.
> >
> > I'm not sure how to debug this -- perhaps there is relevant info
> > in your Xorg log or in the stdout/stderr of xmonad? (You may
> > need to capture it in your xinitrc.)
> >
> > When you say they stop answering, does the mouse cursor actually
> > freeze, or does xmonad just stop moving the red border based on
> > it? Perhaps make a keybinding that does nothing but putStrLn
> > "hello!" and see if that works? (Perhaps it's the graphics
> > driver that's freezing and not the input drivers.)
> >
> > Obviously if you can narrow down the context, that'd be good.
> xmonad package is version 0.6-3 in Ubuntu latest version. I made
> a mistake about the mouse: I actually do not have a mouse, and
> use an X feature to control the mouse from the keypad; so, maybe
> it's just the keyboard freezing. (I also have a problem with that
> in xmonad, since usually the keyboard stops its control over the
> mouse until I restart that feature with Alt-Shift-NumLock. But
> that is on another thread.)
> I'll use xmonad again and as soon as my computer freezes I'll post
> the previous Xlog file here.
> Maurício

I think X11's mouse-via-keyboard feature may be slightly broken.  I know that I
experienced numerous keyboard lockouts when using it.

Spencer Janssen

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