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syndaemon (1)


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


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


syndaemon(1)                General Commands Manual               syndaemon(1)

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

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

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

       -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 hap-
              pen 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.

              Specifies the X server to contact.

       If syndaemon exists with a return code other than 0, the error  encoun-
       tered 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

       Exit code 4
              XRECORD requested but not available or usable on the server.

       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.

       Peter Osterlund <petero2@telia.com>.

       This man page was written by Mattia Dongili <malattia@debian.org>

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |              ATTRIBUTE VALUE                |
       |Availability   | x11/server/xorg/driver/xorg-input-synaptics |
       |Stability      | Volatile                                    |

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

       Source  code  for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This     software     was    built    from    source    available    at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.   The  original   community
       source   was   downloaded   from    https://www.x.org/releases/individ-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://www.x.org.

X Version 11                                        xf86-input-synaptics 1.9.1