Re: 2 Problems

thanks Ben. I'm thru...

Ben FrantzDale wrote:
On Wed, 2003-03-26 at 21:05, Bhattacharya, Soubhik wrote:

Ben FrantzDale wrote:

1) i can't use mouse to paste text. i do select and copy text using mouse. but to paste it have to use `shift-insert' key combination.

That's not right. Is this only within gnome programs, or even for things
like xterm or mozilla?

it's true for xterm and mozilla. Gnome being my graphical desktop environment, I assumed that it is responsible for these issues.

It isn't. That is the job of X11.

By "use [the] mouse to paste text" I assume you mean middle-clicking.

You're right. actually i'm pressing left and right buttons together to emulate a middle button. it is a 2-button MicroSoft IntelliMouse, which is PS/2 compatible (as written on it). well, it also has a wheel button.


so, then it sounds like X  doesn't see your middle mouse button. Try
draging things around on the gnome panel with the middle button. If you
can't then the issue is X not seeing the button.

If you have a 2-button mouse, it may not be set to emulate 3 buttons.

how do I set X to emulate 3 buttons?

First, try clicking the mouse wheel, that should act as a third button.

If you want to emulate 3 buttons, the best way I know is to edit your
/etc/X11/XF86Config file, which may be no fun if you aren't comfortable
with editing config files.

I have XFree86-4, so the file is /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. In it I have the
following lines:

 Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Configured Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "CorePointer"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/psaux"
        Option          "Protocol"              "PS/2"
        Option          "Emulate3Buttons"       "true"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"

If you only have /etc/X11/XF86Config, you want something like this:

Section "Pointer"
    Protocol    "PS/2"
    Device      "/dev/mouse"
    Emulate3Timeout 50

Basically, just add the line (or two) refering to Emulate3Buttons.


Soubhik Bhattacharya
Associate Member Technical Staff
Mentor Graphics
Hyderabad, India.

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