Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How to get Tap To Click back on Debian 10 Buster XFCE Linux install

At this time, 2018-11-24, Buster is Testing. 

This can change in the two months before it becomes Stable.

I had written this article on how to get tap to click on Debian 9 about the same time frame, and it worked then. 

This does not work on Buster.  When I tried it this morning, rebooted, and was presented with terminal only and a login screen.  Removing the files that I created got me back to where I was.

I am doing this on a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Version 2, however most thinkpads will be similar.  (sweet machine even if that control strip is evil)

My install of Debian is from the Non-Free tree.

Fortunately this is MUCH easier as of this date.

1) start Terminal
2) sudo su
3) apt update
3) apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
4) reboot

To configure Tap To Click

1) Click application menu
2) Settings, Mouse and Touchpad
3) Click the Touchpad link on the Devices page with SynPS/2 Synaptics touchpad selected
4) Click Tap touchpad to click
5) Optionally, select Disable Touchpad While Typing, and move slider down to .5 seconds
6) I also disabled Scrolling Mode