Mouse issue

John Ettedgui john.ettedgui at
Mon Mar 15 18:02:46 PDT 2010

On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Peter Hutterer
<peter.hutterer at> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:57:48AM -0800, John Ettedgui wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I have had a small issue for some time with my mouse and need some help :)
>> Basically sometimes, something bad happens (what?) and then the mouse
>> keeps the focus on one application.
>> For example if I am in Firefox and the mouse works there, I cannot
>> click on anything in the task bar, or even if I alt-tab to konsole the
>> mouse will not work there. If I right click in the console, it will
>> behave the same way as if I was right clicking in Firefox.
>> One "temp fix" is to right click in the application, then right click
>> in the systray on the same application then I can click on another
>> application and so on...
>> This issue is usually fixed by reinstall Xorg's evdev and then restarting Xorg.
> this is almost certainly a stuck grab. If FF has an active grab, no other
> application can receive pointer events for the duration of the grab.
> You don't actually need to reinstall, usually restarting X is enough. In
> fact, making the FF window unviewable will break the grab too (e.g.
> minimising it)
> This may be an application issue or an issue with the server. To figure out
> what exactly happens, we'd need a reproducible test case - stuck grabs are
> notoriously tricky to debug.
> Cheers,
>  Peter
Hello Peter,

in the past I believe just restarting Xorg was not enough, but I'll
try that again next time and see.

What do you mean by reproducible? Since this *seems* random it is
quite hard for me to offer any repro.

Thank you,

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