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Old 05-06-2017, 06:11 AM   #1
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[xbindkeys] Use mouse button as modifier (Shift)

Hello every one,
First I apologize for my english...
I just bought a new mouse and I'm trying to make a button work as Shift key. Actually I want button 8 work like the Shift key.
I want to simulate a Shift press when I press button 8 and Shift release when I release button 8.
I tried to configure xbindkeys like that :
"xte 'key Shift_L'"
But when I press button 8 (not release it) it simumlates both Press and Release event for Shift key. I also tried to use xvkbd instead of xte : same result...
Do you have some idea to make the button work exactly as the Shift key ?
Thank you !
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I think this may help, although I haven't tried it.

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Old 05-06-2017, 11:41 AM   #3
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I already consult that link... I also tried to use xvkb to simulate keystrokes but all I can do is use Shift as a modifier with other keys...
Some examples of xbindkeys's config file use this :
release + b:8
It allows to specify to launch command only when button 8 is released but I did not find how to simulate the pression of the button. I tried this but it doesn't seem to work :
press + b:8


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