Lack of middle button emulation makes HP life hard

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Wed Dec 8 16:54:37 PST 2010

On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 at 04:30:01PM -0800, Dan Nicholson wrote:
> 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"
> EndSection
> You could do the same for wheel emulation and make my thinkpad work
> usefully out of the box. :)

fwiw, I'm trying to get generic config script support into gnome, so we
don't have to ship a million xorg.conf.d snippets for various


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