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4.5. Using independent mice with XFree

To use an independent mouse for each of your independent X servers/sessions, you just have to modify the input section of the XFree configuration files to point to the proper device files.

Use /dev/input/mouse[n], where n is the number of your mouse starting from 0:

You shouldn't use /dev/input/mice because it merges the input from all mouse devices.

Here is my configuration before modifications:


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# **********************************************************************
# Pointer section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/psaux"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "ChordMiddle"

EndSection

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After modifications for the first X server:


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# **********************************************************************
# Pointer section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/input/mouse0"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "ChordMiddle"

EndSection

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For the second X server:


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# **********************************************************************
# Pointer section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/input/mouse1"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "ChordMiddle"

EndSection
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and so on ...