How do I create a script to start up in .kde/Autostart?
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What I did was just create a file in .kde/Autostart with this in it...
xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 6 7 4 5"
saved it and it auto saved as a shell script, I removed the one from .xinitrc and rebooted thinking all would be well, boy was i wrong. The mouse worked all right, but my scroll up and down now acted as foreward and back, and my foreward and back buttons acted as scroll on my 7 button mouse. So I deleted my new script file and put it back in .xinitrc located in /etc/X11/xinit and it works right again.
Just in case you're waiting for my results, setting the script executable worked perfectly for me. Just type the command tw posted, and everything should be fine. An alternative command (that does almost the exact same thing) is:
When you're in X with the dodgy button setup, if you open a terminal and run that xmodmap command, does it fix the problem? (It should take effect instantly).
If it does, double and triple check the permissions on your script (ls -l ~/.kde/Autostart - you should see something like: "-rwx------ (usernames, sizes, etc) mybuttons". If that's ok, add an extra command to your script to make sure it's running when you log in... something like "touch ~/yes_i_am_running".