My upstart job which configured my trackpoint sensitivity (Values 255, 255) does not work anymore. How can I get equivalent behaviour with systemd?

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    Accepted answer no longer work on Ubuntu 15.10 for me running Lenovo Thinkpad X220. Solution proposed here works just fine: askubuntu.com/a/689741 – m1lhaus Jan 11 '16 at 20:25
  • Let's talk about this in the AU chat room ;-) – Fabby Jan 12 '16 at 10:39
  • @m1lhaus I improved the accepted answer here, and just tested it on 16.04. It works for me. – Akiva Jan 12 '16 at 11:10
  1. Ctrl + Alt + T (Opens Terminal)
  2. sudo -i gedit /etc/tmpfiles.d/tpoint.conf
  3. Add the following lines (*):

    w /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/speed - - - - 255
    w /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/sensitivity - - - - 255
    w /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/inertia - - - - 6
    w /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/press_to_select - - - - 0
  4. Adjust the numbers to your liking. Higher = More Fast/Sensitive -- press_to_select is for tapping on the trackpoint to simulate a click. 1 to enable.

  5. Save, Exit.

  6. For these changes to take effect before next reboot (see), run

sudo systemd-tmpfiles --prefix=/sys --create

(*) Thinkpad X1 Yoga Or Thinkpad W530 users will need to modify slightly:

w /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/...

You can find out the exact path on your device via:

find /sys/devices/platform/i8042 -name name | xargs grep -Fl TrackPoint | sed 's/\/input\/input[0-9]*\/name$//'

Personal Recommendation

  • Use the highest settings (255,255)
  • Go into Mouse and Touchpad settings and set that bar value to the lowest value.

After you get used to it, your finger will have to do much less effort into moving the cursor and will greatly reduce any strains or pains in your finger.

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    Running graphical applications as root is not recommended. Use sudo -i or gksudo. – Seth Apr 19 '15 at 4:39
  • gksudo is no longer installed by default – Akiva Apr 19 '15 at 5:02
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    I'm aware of that but plain sudo is not a good alternative. – Seth Apr 19 '15 at 5:03
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    Unfortunately this solution doesn't seem to work with 2017 ThinkPads (mine is an X1c5), which have - yet again - different input devices hardware. Anyone knows how to tweak trackpoint sensitivity for those? – sxc731 Oct 30 '17 at 4:12
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    @Akiva thanks for the suggestion. Alas this doesn't work; I get Permission denied trying to run echo 175 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivityas root. Quick inspection of the filesystem reveals these files (speed, sensitivity etc) are gone. find doesn't find them anywhere under /sys/devices/platform/i8042. See also ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2366851 – sxc731 Oct 30 '17 at 4:23

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