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Re: problem with left-handed mouse on X - is GPM to blame or is it X?

On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, Branden Robinson wrote:

> [Zeph Hull dropped from Cc.]
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 12:29:35PM +0300, Martin-Éric Racine wrote:
> > Greetings,
> > 
> > Given how everyone in this family is left-handed, I recently got around
> > inverting the order of the mouse buttons in GPM; works great in console.  
> > 
> > Since GPM is setup as a repeater for X, I thought that X would also end up
> > defaulting to inverted button order, but it doesn't.
> > 
> > I haven't found any option in X to configure the button order and Googling
> > didn't tell me anything relevant about perhaps selecting a different protocol in
> > GPM to get everything working in X the same way it does on console.
> > 
> > Would anybody happen to have a cure for this?
> There is information in the Debian X FAQ about this.
> /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz
> http://necrotic.deadbeast.net/xsf/XFree86/trunk/debian/local/FAQ
> Please let us know if it is insufficient.

1) The information about using GPM's -B option is incorrect.  As you can see
from the enclosed configs, I already use -B 321, but this is ignored by X.

2) xmodmap has been broken since XFree 4.3.0.  Any xmodmap receipe I had left
from 4.2.1 either results in broken keyboard maps or in is simply ignored.

Honnestly, the correct action would be for X to follow the button order
configured for GPM.  I really wonder why that fails.

Martin-Éric Racine, ICT Consultant

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