USB Mouse CentOS 6.4


I installed CentOS 6.4 for a web server awhile ago. I was just making an attempt to use a USB mouse, but it isn't recognized.  There used to be a mouse configuration tool called system-mouse-config, which disappeared from CentOS a few versions ago, the reason being, there has been a move twoards automation -- meaning, I assume, mouse recognition is supposed to come with the package.

There is no /dev/mouse or anything like that in /dev. I understand a service called gpm used to be used for mice, but there is no gpm service on the system.

I am not interested in using gnome or X Windows. I just want to be able to use the mouse either on a console login, or using ssh to localhost from the console.

Any ideas?

Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Do you have general purpose mouse service active and installed? As dependency it might install linuxconsoletools:
yum install gpm
service gpm start
chkconfig gpm on

Open in new window

Its ancient, but still works for me.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
MaglinFurnitureAuthor Commented:
That worked fine. Thank you!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.