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CONSOLATION(8) System Administration Utilities CONSOLATION(8)


consolation -- copy-paste for the Linux console


consolation [libinput options]


Consolation is a daemon that provide copy-paste and scrolling support to the Linux console.

It is based on the libinput library and supports all pointer devices and settings provided by this library,

Similar software include gpm and jamd.

Operations: left button: start selection middle button: paste selection right button: set end of selection wheel: scroll double left click: select word (see --word-chars for the definition of a word.) triple left click: select line

Button actions can be redefined with the --map 'button=action' option. Action names are 'select', 'paste', 'endselect'. Button names are 'BTN_LEFT', 'BTN_MIDDLE', 'BTN_RIGHT'. Other evdev button names are also supported.

It supports all the standard libinput options.

--udev <seat>.... Use udev device discovery (default).
Specifying a seat ID is optional.
--device /path/to/device .... open the given device(s) only
--apply-to="pattern".... Configuration options are only applied where the device name matches the pattern
--disable-sendevents="pattern".... Set the send-events option to disabled for the devices matching patterns


--disable-tap.... enable/disable tapping
--disable-drag.... enable/disable tap-n-drag
--disable-drag-lock.... enable/disable tapping drag lock
--disable-natural-scrolling.... enable/disable natural scrolling
--disable-left-handed.... enable/disable left-handed button configuration
--disable-middlebutton.... enable/disable middle button emulation
--disable-dwt.... enable/disable disable-while-typing
--disable-scroll-button-lock.... enable/disable the scroll button lock
--set-click-method=[none|clickfinger|buttonareas] .... set the desired click method
--set-scroll-method=[none|twofinger|edge|button] ... set the desired scroll method
--set-scroll-button=BTN_MIDDLE ... set the button to the given button code
--set-profile=[adaptive|flat].... set pointer acceleration profile
--set-speed=<value>.... set pointer acceleration speed (allowed range [-1, 1])
--set-tap-map=[lrm|lmr] ... set button mapping for tapping

These options apply to all applicable devices, if a feature is not explicitly specified it is left at each device's default.

Other options:

--word-chars=<string>.... List of characters that make up words.
Ranges (a-z, A-Z, 0-9 etc.) are allowed.
--grab .......... Exclusively grab all opened devices.
--map button=action set button to action.
--no-daemon...... Do not detach and run in the background.
--verbose ....... Print debugging output.
--version ....... Print version information.
--help .......... Print this help.


Copyright © 2016 Bill Allombert

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.



Bill Allombert <>


June 2020 Debian