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    Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    I have patched and recompiled the synaptics driver in Hardy Heron to
    make it more enjoyable to use the mousepad while using the macbook.
    This package below add the option MultiFingerButton to synaptics.

    Install it, and add this option to the InputDevice Section in your
    xorg.conf, just like this:

    Code:
    	Option		"MultiFingerButton"	"1"
    or
    Code:
    	Option		"MultiFingerButton"	"2"
    With the value 1, you get middle-clicking if you click the button while
    resting two fingers on the mousepad, and right-clicking while resting
    three fingers.

    With the value 2, it reverses, and you get right-clicking if you click
    while resting two fingers on the mousepad, and middle-clicking while
    resting three fingers. This is the behaviour in MacOSX.


    Besides this, it makes the mouse arrow more stable:
    If you put two fingers on the mousepad and release only one, the mouse
    arrow moves. This is the default behaviour in Linux and Windows, but in
    MacOSX, the mouse arrow stays put, and in my personal opinion, this is
    a much better behaviour. This patch makes it behave just like MacOSX.


    Try it out, and give your opinion.
    If you don't like it, you can always revert to the default Ubuntu package!



    [UPDATE: 12-MAY-2008]
    As requested, now I have built packages for both 32 and 64-bit!
    The source code is also included for your pleasure!


    [UPDATE2: 18-MAY-2008]
    By invitation of cyberdork33, I am now part of the mactel-support PPA!
    So you can have these packages automatically updated from now on.
    Add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

    Code:
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/mactel-support/ubuntu hardy main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/mactel-support/ubuntu hardy main
    And your synaptics driver will be auto-updated. Be aware that you still
    need to add the MultiFingerButton lines above to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf


    ATTENTION: If you have previously manually-installed the packages in this
    post, and you want to use the auto-update feature of mactel-support PPA,
    you will have to force a reinstall of the packages attached below.

    They are the very same packages from before, but the packages previously
    posted here didn't follow the standard ubuntu version numbering system
    and will never be updated.

    To force-install a package, download the corresponding package below and
    type this command:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i [PACKAGE_DEB_FILE]
    ---
    Last edited by volanin; May 18th, 2008 at 04:12 PM.

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    I'm interested, but running 64-bit. Any chance you'll do a version for 64-bit?
    Ubuntu 13.10x64 on Thinkpad x220 with crypted / and swap

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    Quote Originally Posted by sunbird View Post
    I'm interested, but running 64-bit. Any chance you'll do a version for 64-bit?
    I had it, but since 64-bit only gave me trouble, I reinstalled 32-bit
    and deleted it... silly me!

    I can compile it from the LiveCD, so it should be no problem.
    Check it out here tomorrow!

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    volanin, it would be best if you can get your source uploaded to the mactel-support ppa, then people can install it normally from there. Additionally, it should build for all the hardware types.

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    Quote Originally Posted by sunbird
    I'm interested, but running 64-bit. Any chance you'll do a version for 64-bit?
    There you have it!
    The link to it is in the first post.
    Use it and report your experience here please!


    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdork33
    volanin, it would be best if you can get your source uploaded to the mactel-support ppa, then people can install it normally from there. Additionally, it should build for all the hardware types.
    Well, I didn't even know there was a mactel ppa!
    Just tell me how I get in touch with the maintainer!
    The patch is also included now, and it's very non-intrusive.
    Compiling it for every platform should be no problem at all.

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    Quote Originally Posted by volanin View Post
    There you have it!
    The link to it is in the first post.
    Use it and report your experience here please!




    Well, I didn't even know there was a mactel ppa!
    Just tell me how I get in touch with the maintainer!
    The patch is also included now, and it's very non-intrusive.
    Compiling it for every platform should be no problem at all.
    Request to join the Mactel-Support Team and I will approve you:
    https://edge.launchpad.net/~mactel-support

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    So, synclient and syndaemon don't work anymore. Still, I might roll with it like this for a bit, as I don't really need syndaemon if tapping is disabled. (tapping without the button that is).

    I love this feature, and it would be great if the driver would work with synclient and syndaemon.

    Thanks a bundle!

    Russo
    Macbook Pro C2D
    Ubuntu 8.04

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    Quote Originally Posted by russo.mic
    So, synclient and syndaemon don't work anymore. Still, I might roll with it like this for a bit, as I don't really need syndaemon if tapping is disabled. (tapping without the button that is).

    I love this feature, and it would be great if the driver would work with synclient and syndaemon.
    Thanks a bundle!
    Russo
    Hmmmm...
    Synclient and syndaemon work beautifully here.
    Indeed, the patch does NOT touch their code at all.
    Would you mind trying again?


    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdork33
    Request to join the Mactel-Support Team and I will approve you:
    https://edge.launchpad.net/~mactel-support
    Request made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by volanin View Post
    Request made!
    and approved.

    Just as a reference in this new thread, the old discussion for this is here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=626112
    Last edited by cyberdork33; May 14th, 2008 at 11:50 PM.

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    Re: Alternative way to middle/right mouse-click!

    Thanks for this, its exactly what I was looking for, I can't stand tapping the pad for a click in any form, its no where near positive enough for my liking

    IMHO with the large button, and this method of getting a right click, the macbook's touchpad is far more usable than any other device

    Thanks again

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