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I am using a 2013 11' MacBookAir running Ubuntu 16.04 and I am striving to get the Touchpad work as close as possible to MacOSX settings. I am using Synaptics which does a pretty good job, I think. A very bizarre phenomenon, though, is that when I save my settings in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file and reboot, they are all applied but the three (MinSpeed, MaxSpeed, AccelFactor) affecting cursor speed.

I have modified other parameters (e.g. FingerHigh/FingerLow, MaxTapMove, etc) and they work as they should, namely on startup they coincide with those in my 50-synaptics.conf file although they are not the default values. On the other hand, the three speed parameters keep on remaining the same.

I attach a screenshot of my 50-synaptics.conf file and of a terminal window where I run synclient -l.

terminal window

50-synaptics.conf

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    Dont use images when posting text but do copy/paste the text and format it. Makes it a lot easier to find your topic when searching. – Rinzwind Oct 27 '16 at 9:15
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    @Rinzwind: I see what you mean, and I apologise. I wanted to avoid people telling me that I have to do that-and-that on 50-synaptics.conf which I have already done... – Filippo Alberto Edoardo Oct 27 '16 at 16:02
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I finally found a way to work out this issue, by creating a simple shell containing the required command and putting it into /usr/local/bin after having made it executable via chmod. Then I added the name of this shell to the Startup Applications, and everything was ok.

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