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On my Macbook I can only move the cursor while also pressing the touchpad after a default install. A per login session fix is to run "synclient FingerLow=10" and "synclient FingerHigh=20".

In order to make this change permanent I'm supposed to do add the following in the tochpad section of /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf. But I do not have this file.

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "FingerLow" "10"
    Option "FingerHigh" "20"
EndSection

Where do I need to apply this change?

  • which version Ubuntu are you running? – Avinash Raj Mar 8 '14 at 10:17
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    is there any /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file? – Avinash Raj Mar 8 '14 at 10:19
  • @AvinashRaj 12.04.4 – king_julien Mar 8 '14 at 11:06
  • @AvinashRaj Yes. I'll try to put it in here. – king_julien Mar 8 '14 at 11:07
  • @AvinashRaj The description says that one should copy the contents to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d first to make this change persistent over updates. But the xorg.conf.d doesn't exist. – king_julien Mar 8 '14 at 11:11
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This says, you have to edit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file.But the lines inside that file says,

# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE, your distribution will likely overwrite
# it when updating. Copy (and rename) this file into
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d first.
# Additional options may be added in the form of
#   Option "OptionName" "value"

So don't do that.Just copy the contents and then rename this file into xorg.conf.d and it looks like /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.Now place the below lines on that file and save it.

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "FingerLow" "10"
    Option "FingerHigh" "20"
EndSection
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  • Edit my answer, if there is any error. – Avinash Raj Mar 8 '14 at 12:17
  • I did copy the file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d and edited it and renamed it there but it did not give me the same result as editing it directly. Some settings from the original still persist. I'm confused. Guess I'll just edit the original then. – worldsayshi Mar 11 '16 at 9:35

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