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prefrences>mouse>left Hand does not work.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:12 am
by moonfriend
I downloaded the latest release 2.0 r0 test2
in system>prefrences>mouse I changed the right-handed to left-handed but it didn't change anything.
I didn't have this problem in later versions of parsix.
do you think this might be a bug or hardware incompatibality?
I alo logged in as root and changed the setting but it didn't change.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:49 am
by moonfriend
maybe I should ask the question in a different way:
does anybody else has this problem?
because not many people use left hand, this does not usually get considered.
so can anybody please test if they can make the mouse left handed?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:55 pm
by Giovenale
Hi moonfriend, I'm left handed and I had this problem with many KDE distros (Sabayon Mini, DesktopBSD, many LiveCD), but never with Gnome.
These settings are stored in


you can open it with text editor and modify the string

<entry name="left_handed" mtime="1234668533" type="bool" value="true">

setting "true" as value.
Say me if it runs. :)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:31 pm
by eco2geek
Some playing around indicates that changing the mouse orientation to left-handed in the "Mouse Preferences" dialog changes the value "false" to "true" in that XML file. In other words using the Mouse Preferences dialog does the same thing as editing it manually as you suggest. (You can probably also change the value using gconf-editor.)

In any case, I can confirm that switching the mouse orientation from right-handed to left-handed has no effect on my (32-bit) computer either.

You could use "xmodmap" to switch orientation. For example, if you have a standard wheelmouse, you could use the command

xmodmap -e 'pointer = 3 2 1 4 5'

to switch the function of the left and right mouse buttons.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:05 pm
by moonfriend
thanx a lot
my system is 64 bit(just for the information for possible debuggers)
changing the
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did not change anything.
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xmodmap -e 'pointer = 3 2 1 4 5'
worked very well

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:25 am
by alan
Again, another GNOME 2.24 glitch! Ubuntu Intrepid has the same issue.