I've been installing all the required dependencies for gpointing-device-settings which I don't have (figuring out by running ./configure and seeing what causes errors). But I've gotten to an error that I have not been able to get past.

screenshot of terminal displaying error message

I've done

  1. install gnome-settings-daemon but that doesn't stop the error
sudo apt-get install gnome-settings-daemon

and installing the .deb file which results in more dependency issues (which I get even though they are installed)

  1. add path of gnome-settings-daemon to PATH and to PKG_CONFIG_PATH
    added the following to .profile
export PATH="/usr/lib:$PATH"
export PATH="$HOME/usr/lib:$PATH"

have extra just in case (I'm a beginner and just wanted to make sure that I wasn't doing it wrong so I put in every combination)

paths as seen on terminal

  • Does it meet the required version for this install? – George Udosen May 11 at 9:18
  • You haven't told us your release, and as George has already said - does your release of Xubuntu meet the requirements (packages.ubuntu.com/…) Please don't provide pictures of text; we can't copy/paste them into windows (where as with text we can). – guiverc May 11 at 9:51
  • I think it's Xubuntu 18.04 (not sure if that's too vague). Also based on the link you sent me (guiverc), am I supposed to add the specified line to "/etc/apt/sources.list" and install the .deb file they provide? Or just do one of the two? Or do something completely different? I'm a beginner and don't yet understand how it all works. Installing the .deb file doesn't seem to work (but I may be doing it wrong) – Daniel Gros May 11 at 10:32

It seems that you are trying to compile the program its source code.

In such case you need to install special development packages (with -dev) suffix.

As the result you will get needed headers and Pkg-Config file(s) - .pc.

In this particular case you need to enable source code repositories in Software & Updates (software-properties-gtk) and install gnome-settings-daemon-dev package with:

sudo apt-get install gnome-settings-daemon-dev

and then proceed.

Also you can try to use binary packages way:

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gpointing-device-settings/libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
sudo apt install ./libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb

wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gpointing-device-settings/gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
sudo apt install ./gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb

About your original problem - you can find this thread about touchpad-indicator useful.

  • that did fix the issue I was having with gnome-settings-daemon, thanks! I tried touchpad-indicator, but it has some defaults that I don't think I can change (like mouse acceleration). So I've removed it. I'm still hoping to install gpointing-.... do you think that would work? Based on the little I read from the post you linked gpointing-... has been discontinued and probably won't work for a Xubuntu 18.04 system. Do you know of another way I could disable the tap to click? (pretty much all I want to do, causes a lot of issues for me) – Daniel Gros May 11 at 10:59
  • I'm not familiar with tap-to-click problem, some posts here mention synclient, but I have never used it. On my MATE system I have set it in mate-mouse-properties (see image). If you want to proceed with gpointing-device-settings, you can try binary packages first (see update above). – N0rbert May 11 at 11:13

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