syndaemon - a program that monitors keyboard activity and disables the touchpad
when the keyboard is being used.
syndaemon [ -i idle-time
] [-m poll-inverval
] [ -t
Disabling the touchpad while typing avoids unwanted movements of the pointer
that could lead to giving focus to the wrong window.
- -i <idle-time>
- How many seconds to wait after the last key press before
enabling the touchpad. (default is 2.0s).
- -m <poll-interval>
- How many milliseconds to wait between two polling
intervals. If this value is too low, it will cause unnecessary wake-ups.
If this value is too high, some key presses (press and release happen
between two intervals) may not be noticed. This switch has no effect when
running with -R. Default is 200ms.
- Start as a daemon, ie in the background.
- -p <pid-file>
- Create a pid file with the specified filename. A pid file
will only be created if the program is started in daemon mode.
- Only disable tapping and scrolling, not mouse movements, in
response to keyboard activity.
- Ignore modifier keys when monitoring keyboard
- Like -k but also ignore Modifier+Key combos.
- Use the XRecord extension for detecting keyboard activity
instead of polling the keyboard state.
- Show the help message.
- Specifies the X server to contact.
If syndaemon exists with a return code other than 0, the error encountered is as
- Exit code 1
- Invalid commandline argument.
- Exit code 2
- The connection to the X sever could not be established or
no touchpad device could be found.
- Exit code 3
- The fork into daemon mode failed or the pid file could not
- Exit code 4
- XRECORD requested but not available or usable on the
It doesn't make much sense to connect to a remote X server, because the daemon
will then monitor the remote server for keyboard activity, but will disable
the touchpad on the local machine.
Peter Osterlund <email@example.com>.
- This man page was written by Mattia Dongili