I really love Ubuntu 18.04, but something is driving me nuts. Every time I'm typing and I accidentally touch the touchpad, my typing cursor jumps. On another post I found that this behavior can be solved in two ways:

  • By using syndaemon
  • By using the touchbar-indicator plugin

But on my system both methods seem to fail. For the touchbar-indicator, I just enabled the "auto disable touchpad" option, but that doesn't do anything. Then I configured syndaemon as a startup application like this:

/bin/bash -c "sleep 15 && syndaemon -i .8 -K -t -R -d"

If anyone knows what I can do about this behavior please tell me since I'm going mad. :p

Thanks a lot in advance

System info: - Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz × 8 - HP Zbook G3 Studion


I solved my problem as follows:

  1. By using this forum post I fully reinstalled my xserver drivers.
  2. I then reinstalled the drivers following this forum post.
  3. I then added the following command to my startup applications:
    • syndaemon -i .5 -K -t -R -d

This disables tapping (-t) on my trackpad for half a second (-i) after any non-modifier+ (Shift,Ctrl,Alt,Super) (-K, vs -k) with the XRecord extension (-R), and to keep this service running in the background (-d).

You may try adjusting to your liking, and dropping the -R flag.

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    FYI, my Toshiba R705-P35 (Debian Jessie) required the -R option. Said command is in a file named /etc/X11/Xsession.d/98x11-syndaemon... – Digger Dec 5 '20 at 20:55

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