Sunday, May 18, 2008

How to disable touchpad while typing in Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

The touchpad actions and clicks while I'm typing were driving me mad. I played around with it and now it bothers me no more. That's what you should do to disable it:

  1. Add the line Option "SHMConfig" "on" to the Input Device section for Synaptic Touchpad in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  2. To make syndaemon run on every boot of KDE3, create a script for it in KDE3 startup:
    echo "syndaemon -t -d" > ~/.kde/env/
    chmod +x ~/.kde/env/

  3. Or, if you can manually launch it anytime invoking syndaemon -t -d command. (not before the first X restart, when SHMConfig isn't up yet).
  4. Restart X Server. (Ctrl+Alt+Backspace)

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