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I have seriously tried to solve this issue myself, but I'm very new to Linux and the solution is not coming to me.
I am using Mandrake 10.1 with the KDE 3.2 desktop. I have a very serious need to use a left-handed mouse, i.e., the main button is the right button.
I can find no way to configure the mouse to be left-handed. The system/configure menu, while it shows a window for various mouse adjustments, has the "Left-handed" option greyed out and unavailable. I have tried using the command xmodmap -e "pointer = 321" command both at the root menu and at ~/etc/X11, as I have seen suggested in a few places. It returns an error.
Is mouse button remapping possible to do in the KDE environment, or do I have to switch to GNOME? If it is possible, how is it done? If not, how can I switch to GNOME now that I've downloaded and installed KDE?
Thanks for any help! This is my first day with Linux, so sorry if this is a very "newbie" question.
The error the xmodmap command returns is: "bad value 3216745 given for numbers list"
The current mapping of my buttons under the heading "button code" obtained with the xmodmap -pp command is 1236745, and the syntax I am using is to switch 1 and 3, as suggested (xmodmap -e "pointer = 3216745")
OK, I wrote a script, saved it to the /.kde/Autostart file, and ... IT WORKS! I have a left-handed mouse on startup, and the pain along the length of my arm from using a "backwards" mouse has dissapeared.