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syndaemon


NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
EXIT CODES
CAVEATS
AUTHORS
SEE ALSO

NAME

syndaemon − a program that monitors keyboard activity and disables the touchpad when the keyboard is being used.

SYNOPSIS

syndaemon [−i idle−time] [−m poll-inverval] [−d] [−p pid−file] [−t] [−k] [−K] [−R]

DESCRIPTION

Disabling the touchpad while typing avoids unwanted movements of the pointer that could lead to giving focus to the wrong window.

OPTIONS

−i <idle−time>

How many seconds to wait after the last key press before enabling the touchpad. (default is 2.0s).

−m <poll−interval>

How many milliseconds to wait between two polling intervals. If this value is too low, it will cause unnecessary wake-ups. If this value is too high, some key presses (press and release happen between two intervals) may not be noticed. This switch has no effect when running with -R. Default is 200ms.

−d

Start as a daemon, ie in the background.

−p <pid−file>

Create a pid file with the specified filename. A pid file will only be created if the program is started in daemon mode.

−t

Only disable tapping and scrolling, not mouse movements, in response to keyboard activity.

−k

Ignore modifier keys when monitoring keyboard activity.

−K

Like −k but also ignore Modifier+Key combos.

−R

Use the XRecord extension for detecting keyboard activity instead of polling the keyboard state.

−?

Show the help message.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

DISPLAY

Specifies the X server to contact.

EXIT CODES

If syndaemon exists with a return code other than 0, the error encountered is as below.
Exit code 1

Invalid commandline argument.

Exit code 2

The connection to the X sever could not be established or no touchpad device could be found.

Exit code 3

The fork into daemon mode failed or the pid file could not be created.

Exit code 4

XRECORD requested but not available or usable on the server.

CAVEATS

It doesn’t make much sense to connect to a remote X server, because the daemon will then monitor the remote server for keyboard activity, but will disable the touchpad on the local machine.

AUTHORS

Peter Osterlund <petero2@telia.com>.
This man page was written by Mattia Dongili <malattia@debian.org>

SEE ALSO

Xorg(1), synclient(1), synaptics(4)

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