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the Option "Protocol" is very important on this one for ZAxisMapping to work..
If you use a USB mouse and the protocol is set to PS/2, change it to IMPS/2. it should work then.
(tried it on Slack, gentoo, fedora and debian)
//the one I use now
Section "Input Device"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
As you can see i tried changing the protocol which did not help.
I'm wondering about two things:
1)I only have two buttons plus the wheel on my mouse. So is the thing with 4 and 5 right? I read that a wheel occupies two buttons, so shouldn't it be 3 and 4 in my ZAxisMapping since I only use 1 and 2 as real buttons?
2)Could it be that I need to add a section "Pointer" so that the applications know what's going on? read that somewhere too, not sure if I got it right....
Left click, right click and center click are buttons 1,2, and 3; wheel up and down are 4 and 5. That's why it's "ZAxisMapping" "4 5". Have you tried setting your protocol to "Auto"?
I know nothing about "core pointer" options. Sorry.
If you search this site, you will find information on setting up a secondary mouse, which is what it looks like you're doing. Perhaps one of those threads could provide some extra insight?