I can't get click and drag to work with my Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch

Bug #682178 reported by Magnus Hoff on 2010-11-27
This bug affects 5 people
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kcm-tablet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: kde-config-tablet

Using Kubuntu 10.10, I get my Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch apparently working (By using Martin Owens' PPA [1]), but whenever I try to click and drag something -- for example to move a window -- it will only register as a click. In other words: The "button up" event is generated right after the "button down" event no matter how long I hold it in.

This is the same whether I use the tip of the pen, the buttons on the pen or the buttons on the pad.

However: Clicking and dragging works perfectly in the login-screen, both before logging in for the first time and after logging out. Drawing also works fine in the Gimp.

Since click and drag works in the login-screen it must be some per-user thing. I used to have kde-config-tablet installed. After removing this package, clicking and dragging started to work. So, this solved my problem: sudo apt-get purge kde-config-tablet

Related discussion might be found here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/15115/

[1]: http://askubuntu.com/questions/11815/how-to-install-wacom-bamboo-pen/11822#11822

FidoX (ieb-core) wrote :

Any workaround?

Magnus Hoff (maghoff) wrote :

@FidoX: No known workaround except removing kde-config-tablet, as noted.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in kcm-tablet (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Andrew Simpson (andrew-simpson) wrote :

Confirmed with Kubuntu 11.10 with updates to KDE 4.7.3. No PPA used, just straight distribution.

OnoSendi (dlindegren) wrote :

I had this problem as well. It seems to be fixed on Kubuntu 12.04, but 11.10 definitely had it until the end. I am also running another flavor of linux on another box (Mint 12 KDE) which still has the bug, though.

Here is an easy work around for you guys, if you haven't found one already.

Kubuntu 11.10 Wacom stylus point click (or Button 1) error: When I first came across the error, I looked EVERYWHERE on the net for a fix, and I never found one pertaining to the specific problem between Kubuntu (or KDE) and the Wacom Tablet. I did however come across a fix using xsetwacom.

1.) Open up your terminal
2.) Type: xsetwacom list

 If you aren't getting any output to your terminal regarding xsetwacom, your latest Wacom driver is not properly installed.
This is what mine looks like when I type "xsetwacom list" via terminal:

Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus id: 8 type: STYLUS
Wacom Intuos4 6x9 eraser id: 10 type: ERASER
Wacom Intuos4 6x9 cursor id: 11 type: CURSOR
Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad id: 12 type: PAD

3.) Copy the Make/Model/Device(stylus) output to your clipboard. So, I'd copy "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" if I were to do it. Now that we have that bit of information, let's move on to step

4.) type in console: xsetwacom set "Your Output of Make and Model Goes Here" Button 1

So, if I were to be using this syntax, I would type: xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" Button 1
Make sure that there are quotes surrounding "Wacom ---- to ------ stylus"

And there you have it, your stylus is now able to click.

(NOTE: This setting is only set locally, therefore when you restart, log in, hotplug, open wacom settings via system settings, or restart x your stylus' point and click will no longer work. For this, you'll have to have the command executed when you log in-- I'll give you more details at the end of this post.)

You can pretty much configure your entire graphic tablet using xsetwacom, everything but the LEDS. However, there is a tutorial somewhere out there on how to get the LEDS working. I personally use xsetwacom to configure my tablet, cutting out the kde-tablet-config due to it's lack of configuration options.

Links for further reading on xsetwacom:

Those sites are currently down today (09 May, 2012), sorry :( Please refer to your xsetwacom manual (man xsetwacom via terminal) and your help file (xsetwacom help via terminal).

Execute xsetwacom on startup:
Create a text file named tablet.sh and place it in /home/uname/.kde/Autostart/ and this is what your file should contain. Make sure the file is executable by right click -> properties -> permissions tab -> "Is executable" check box:

#point and click fix
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" Button 1

I hope this helps guys, thanks :)

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