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Fix your drifting pointer in GNOME

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Plagued with a drifting pointer? I sure am.

For me this happens when I accidentally zoom using an accessibility “feature” in GNOME. Actually, it’s in Compiz and ambushes me when I accidentally hit Super (windows key) instead of Alt when resizing a window using the Alt+middle click+drag combination.

Compiz seems to be a little particular about getting the screen fully zoomed out again, but here’s a method that’s (so far) always reset the zoom without leaving me with a randomly drifting cursor.

To zoom out again, hold the super key and scroll down using your scroll wheel. I’m sure there’s a better way, but I don’t know it. Disabling zoom hotkeys in gconf-editor didn’t seem to work for me. If you’ve figured this out, please leave a comment!

Written by Lee Verberne

2011/01/04 at 12:47

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ecryptfs mount options

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I was having trouble tracking down the ecryptfs mount options that can be used to stop the mount.ecryptfs helper utility from prompting quite so much.  I tested this on Ubuntu 10.10.  ecryptfs_verbosity claims to be the option that I really want to change, but I couldn’t get this one working.

You can add these options to your /etc/fstab.  Their values are partially documented here:

Here’s what I added to my /etc/fstab to stop mount.ecryptfs from prompting for anything besides the password on Ubuntu 10.10:

/root/.crypto /root/crypto ecryptfs noauto,ecryptfs_cipher=aes,ecryptfs_key_bytes=32,ecryptfs_passthrough=n,ecryptfs_enable_filename_crypto=n 0 0

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Written by Lee Verberne

2010/11/05 at 14:56

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