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Old 02-13-2004, 08:22 AM   #1
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Fluxbox and left handed mouse.

i currently use Fluxbox 0.9.8.
since i m left handed i want to change the mouse buttons but haven't found any documentation on how to do it. can someone help me please.
thanx for reading.
Old 02-13-2004, 09:05 AM   #2
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I guess this relates to XFree86Config -configfile editing.. so check out this one for a full text:

and here's the shortened text:

when you're running an X session, in terminal run

xmodmap -e "pointer = 2 1"
if you have a 2-button mouse....if you have a three-button, run instead

xmodmap -e "pointer = 3 2 1"
if you wish to get it in use in every X-session, create in your homedirectory a file (unless it's already there; then just append) called .Xmodmap and add there this line:

pointer = 2 1

if you have a two-button mouse, and if you have a three-button, then this:

pointer = 3 2 1

and that should do it (perhaps you need to restart X?)

note that if you happen to have a wheel (as many people do these days) or more than three buttons, it's quite unsure how things are done...but you can get a clue from the lines above.
Old 02-13-2004, 01:28 PM   #3
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b0uncer: thanx for the reply mate but the thing did not work.
when i passed the xmodmap -e "pointer = 2 1"
it says
xmodmap:  commandline:0:  bad number of buttons, must have 5 instead of 2
xmodmap:  1 error encountered, aborting.
while when i passed that 3 2 1, it said that it must be 5 instead of 3.
then i passed 5 4 3 2 1 and it messed up everything. my primary mouse button was gone and everything was hay wire.
any other ideas?
Old 02-13-2004, 01:39 PM   #4
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with a 3 buttons scroll mouse - it means 5 possible actions!! - something like that would work for left hand...
xmodmap -e "pointer = 3 2 1 4 5"


Old 02-14-2004, 03:55 AM   #5
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wow!!! talk about not thinking straight.
thanx a lot mate.
i shd have guessed that in first place. thanx once again


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