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Xanda - /dev/project - Configure the Mouse at a text based terminal for copy and paste operation

What is gpm?

‘gpm‘ provides mouse support to text-based Linux applications like the Emacs editor and the Midnight Commander file management system. Gpm also provides console cut-and-paste operations using the mouse and includes a program to allow pop-up menus to appear at the click of a mouse button.

From the man page, “This package tries to be a useful mouse server for applications running on the Linux console. It is based on the “selection” package, and some of its code comes from selection itself. This package is intended as a replacement for “selection” as a cut-and-paste mechanism; it also provides additional facilities. The “selection” package offered the first cut-and-paste implementation for Linux using two mouse buttons, and the cut buffer is still called “selection buffer” or just “selection” throughout this document. The information below is extracted from the texinfo file, which is the preferred source of information.”

Install gpm

If you are using Debian Linux, type the command:

# apt-get install gpm

If you are using Ubuntu Linux, type the command:

$ sudo apt-get install gpm

If you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, type the command:

# up2date gpm

If you are using Fedora Core Linux, type the command:

# yum install gpm

Task: Select text (copy text)

To select text press the left mouse button and drag the mouse.

Task: Paste text

To paste text in the same or another console, press the middle button. The right button is used to extend the selection, like in ‘xterm’.

Task: Start/stop mouse service

 

# /etc/init.d/gpm stop | start

OR

$ sudo  /etc/init.d/gpm stop | start

Please note that two-button mice use the right button to paste text.