No Mouse-Button Reverse Option for Touchpads

Bug #443358 reported by Kurtis McCartney on 2009-10-05
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-settings-daemon

I cannot properly or easily navigate. The left-hand mouse button fix (#27724) has left those using a touch-pad without an effective way to reverse or graphically assign mouse buttons.

I have no left-button on my touch-pad, it was destroyed. Since it is permanently affixed the following solutions may work:

1) Separate Reverse Option
2) Assign Buttons or Keys for Mouse Buttons or Axis
3) Option to use all buttons as the ONLY button (Remap to left, hold to right-click)
4) Reverse changes made in bugfix #27724

If anyone else has a better idea, or can point me in the direction of how to "painstakingly manually" fix this (ex. nano /etc/mousesettings?) I would appreciate it until we can reach a solution.

Thank You

(Note: I am testing Ubuntu Karmic Koala, where the newest version of GSD included fix #27724 which effects gnome-mouse-properties)

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Oct 5 13:55:18 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: gnome-settings-daemon 2.28.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-11.36-generic
SourcePackage: gnome-settings-daemon
Tags: ubuntu-unr
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-11-generic i686

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
jerico (jerico-dev) wrote :

Hi, I had a similar problem: I wanted to configure the buttons for single finger tap differently from the default which isn't possible as gnome-settings-daemon has the tap button configuration hard-coded and overwrites anything configured via xorg.conf, hal, udev, etc.

This is a problem which seems to create considerable confusion. Several others have reported this before, see among others <> or <>.

I've created a simple patch that allows button configuration via gconf-editor (see attachment). This is a solution that can easily be built upon in gnome-control-center, if sombody likes to provide a more accessible front-end.

The gconf settings to be set are:

It would be great if you could include this patch into the next release, either here or upstream.

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody

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tags: added: patch
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your work and sorry it got sitting there for so long, the patch doesn't apply to GNOME3 which is using gsettings, do you think you could update and perhaps send it to GNOME as well?

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