Lack of middle button emulation makes HP life hard

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Wed Dec 8 16:30:01 PST 2010

On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 9:25 AM, Keith Packard <keithp at> wrote:
> So, HP laptops come with a pointy-stick in the middle of the keyboard
> and only two buttons. Not having middle-button emulation in this
> environment is pretty harsh.
> I know it's not optimal to enable this by default, but I'm wondering
> what can be done to not break these people's machines?

Ship some .conf files in evdev?

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "NeedsMiddleButtonEmulation"
    MatchIsPointer "yes"
    MatchProduct "Crappy HP Laptop|Ancient Mouse"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

You could do the same for wheel emulation and make my thinkpad work
usefully out of the box. :)


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