A small daemon for disabling trackpads while typing.
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A small daemon for temporarily disabling trackpads on keyboard events. By default dispad is configured to work with the xf86-input-mtrack multitouch trackpad driver.

The source code for dispad is hosted at Github.


This software is licensed under the GPLv2 and is copyright (C) 2011 Ryan Bourgeois bluedragonx@gmail.com.

Additional bugfixes and work done by Andrew Gaul [https://github.com/andrewgaul].

Building and Installing

This is a standard autoconf package. To build and install from source run the following:

make && make install


dispad can be configured either at the command line or using a config file. When started for the first time dispad will create a config file at ~/.dispad containing the default configuration. The location of this config file can changed with the --config commandline option. Configuration options given at the commandline will override those in the config file. use the --help commandline option to see all of the available commandline options.

The config file uses key = value pairs as its syntax. Strings must be double quotes. The following config file options are accepted.

property - The name of the XInput property which is used to disable/enable the trackpad(s). dispad will modify this property on all trackpad devices which contain it. String value. Defaults to "Trackpad Disable Input".

enable - The specified XInput property is set to this value when enabling trackpad input. Unsigned 8-bit integer value. Defaults to 0.

disable - The specified XInput property is set to this value when disabling trackpad input. Unsigned 8-bit integer value. Defaults to 1.

modifiers - Whether or not modifier keys (alt, ctrl, etc) should affect the trackpad state. Boolean value. Defaults to false.

poll - How long (in milliseconds) that dispad will wait after polling the keyboard before polling again. Integer value. Defaults to 100.

delay - How long after the trackpad(s) should be disabled after a keystroke. Integer value. Defaults to 1000.

pidfile - The location of the PID file dispad will create when running. If this option is commented or not present then a PID file will not be created. dispad will remove this file if it shuts down cleanly. If dispad is configured to create a PID file and that PID file already exists it will refuse to start. By default this option is set to ~/.dispad.pid but is commented out.