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Old 12-30-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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Post Tip: Java double-click speed annoyance solved!


I may be the only person who was unaware of this. If, please be kind

I am not a big java app user but the few I do use have long annoyed me because the double-click speed is different than that used by my other X apps, and always way too fast! This makes it difficult to navigate file dialogs, etc. I have looked for a solution off and on without success... until now!

I found a long explanation of the problem and why the fix is so obscure but I leave that to the scholarly among you and just offer the solution:

In ~/.Xdefaults (or other suitable X config read at X startup) add...
Code:
*multiClickTime: 400
...where the number is double click time in ms.

This only affects java apps and will not change your non-java click speeds.

Hope this helps someone as much as it helped me!

And Happy New Year to all!
 
Old 01-02-2009, 08:37 AM   #2
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I found a long explanation of the problem and why the fix is so obscure but ...
Thanks for the info., how about a link for those of us w/ time on our hands.
 
Old 01-02-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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Here are a couple of good places to start...

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Originally Posted by archtoad6 View Post
Thanks for the info., how about a link for those of us w/ time on our hands.
For a single coherent discussion on a Sun forum, look here.

Look for the post by Cruxic which includes the key:
Code:
After reading through the Java source code I think I found a solution:

Under the linux JVM

getDesktopProperty("awt.multiClickInterval")

maps roughly into a C function call to

XGetDefault(,,"multiClickTime")

The problem is that unless this value is explicitly defined it defaults to 200ms. The solution, then, is to define it.
And an old thread with reference to KDE/Gnome handling of the property, try here.

From those you can google for the property names multiClickInterval in AWT and other terms and get more clues, but these threads identify the cause and a cure. Longstanding annoyance!

Last edited by astrogeek; 01-02-2009 at 11:51 AM.
 
Old 01-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
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astrogeek: In the second link in your second post they propose the workaround as you suggest.
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Add the line
*.multiClickTime: 500
to the file ~/.Xdefaults and run
xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults
Did you run "xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults" or leave it as is? Thank you for this solution.
 
Old 01-02-2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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Did you run "xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults" or leave it as is?
No I did not run xdrb, I simply added the line to my ~/.Xdefaults and it is picked up automatically when X starts.

I am not actually sure, but I think the reason they add the xrdb line is to get the merge behaviour instead of replacing an existing value. Other than that, I could not see a good reason for using xrdb at that point unless your startx chain did not include ~/.Xdefaults - but admittedly, my X knowledge is mostly shallow.
 
  


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