Updated: 2021/Apr/14

WSMOUSED(8)                 System Manager's Manual                WSMOUSED(8)

     wsmoused - multipurpose mouse daemon

     wsmoused [-d device] [-f conf_file] [-m modes] [-n]

     The wsmoused daemon provides mouse support in console, allowing copying
     and pasting text.  The left mouse button is used to select text when held
     and you use the right button to paste it in the active console.

     Supported options are as follows:

     -d device       specifies the device file to be used as the wsmouse(4)
                     device.  Defaults to /dev/wsmouse.

     -f conf_file    specifies the configuration file to be used.  Defaults to

     -m modes        specifies which modes should be activated.  Mode names
                     are given in the argument as a whitespace separated list.
                     Overrides the `modes' directive in the configuration

     -n              do not fork in the background (for debugging purposes).
                     Overrides the `nodaemon' directive in the configuration

     Many other details can be tuned.  See wsmoused.conf(5) for more

     wsmoused is designed to be a multipurpose mouse daemon.  Functionality is
     provided through independent modes, enabled either through the -m flag or
     through the `modes' property in the configuration file (the former takes

   The action mode
     The `action' mode executes commands upon receiving mouse button events.
     Commands can be associated on a button basis, and can differentiate
     between push or release events.

   The selection mode
     The `selection' mode provides visual copy and paste support in text
     consoles when using the wscons(4) device.  A selection is created by
     clicking with the primary mouse button at any point on the screen and
     dragging it while clicked.  When the button is released, the selected
     text is copied to an internal buffer for further pasting with the
     secondary button.

     /dev/ttyE[0-n]      tty devices
     /dev/ttyEstat       wsdisplay status notification device
     /dev/wsmouse[0-n]   mouse control device
     /etc/wsmoused.conf  default configuration file

     su(1), wscons(4), wsdisplay(4), wsmouse(4), rc.conf(5), ttys(5),
     wscons.conf(5), wsmoused.conf(5), moused(8), rc.subr(8)

     The wsmoused command first appeared in NetBSD 2.0.

     The wsmoused command was developed by Julio M. Merino Vidal

     wsmoused does work properly only with display drivers, which implement
     vga(4) and drivers utilizing vcons(9) support it.

     When using the `action' mode, commands specified in the configuration
     file are executed as the user who started the daemon.  By default, this
     user is `root' when using the rc.subr(8) framework.  You should set
     `wsmoused_user="<some_user>"' in rc.conf(5) to a safer user (and adjust
     file permissions accordingly) if the commands you want to execute do not
     require superuser privileges.  An alternative is to use su(1) as part of
     the command string in the configuration file.

     The following notes apply to all work modes:

        When switching from the X screen to a text terminal, there is a small
         delay (five seconds) until the mouse works again.  This time is used
         by X to close the mouse device properly.

     The following notes apply to the `selection' mode only:

        The mouse cursor is only visible for a short period of time.  It will
         disappear when you stop moving it to avoid console corruption (which
         happens if it is visible and there is text output).

        You need to change the getty program which is run in the first
         virtual terminal to use /dev/ttyE0 instead of /dev/console.  To do
         this, edit /etc/ttys and /etc/wscons.conf.

NetBSD 9.99                     January 1, 2012                    NetBSD 9.99