Disabling the touchpad on a Dell E6400 with Xubuntu

I dislike touchpads.  Okay, that’s not quite true, I truly despise touchpads!  Given the choice between a trackpoint (the knob pointer control in the keyboard) and a touchpad (a.k.a. scratchpad), I’ll take the trackpoint every time.  I absolutely love the IBM Trackpoint on my Thinkpads.  So it was with some angst that I found that booting the work Dell E6400 into Xubuntu using a USB hard drive for travel that both the trackpoint and touchpad were active.  Finding a solution was a few search pages away.

The Random Shiznit blog held the solution:

xinput --set-prop "AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad" "Synaptics Off" 1

Now, where to put it?  Another search led to the XFCE Wiki and the section titled, “How to customize starting Xfce” where it is advised to copy /etc/xdg/xfce4/xinitrc to ~/.config/xfce4/ and customize it.  Upon editing the file to add the line above I found the lower section of the file has a comment that advises that code below the comment won’t be executed if xfce4-session management is used.  So I added the line above the block that looks for and executes the session manager and Voila! the touchpad is disabled whenever I log into XFCE.


About Nate Bargmann

An amateur radio operator, vintage motorcycle enthusiast, and all around tinkerer interested in too many things to focus on one for very long. When I'm typing here, it's likely that I should be doing something else.
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