Fiddly Mouse Wheel Doc
Sometime back I bought a new mouse. For the longest time I had used
a Logitech MouseMan Marble Mouse. The one with the huge cue-ball
sized trackball manipulated with the thumb and forefinger.
The primary button went funky and a replacement was necessary.
I bought a Logitech Marble Mouse USB. This unit is the one with the
smaller marble controlled by fingertips and has these goofy small
scroll buttons to each side of the left/right buttons. It would
not have been my first choice but it has worked out pretty well.
The following details how I got the scroll buttons to work under
FreeBSD with a mostly standard config.
FIRST: Setup X
I use the mouse daemon (moused) to control my mouse. There is nothing
much needed here. Snippet from my XF86Config
Option "Protocol" "SysMouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/sysmouse"
Option "Buttons" "5"
SECOND: Configure moused
Moused is configured, rather not. No flags above and beyond the
default. My command is...
moused -p /dev/psm0
THIRD: install and configure IMWHEEL
This is the meat and potato of it all. IMWHEEL is a handy app which
translates mouse events into X window events. The port of IMWHEEL
is located in /usr/ports/x11. Nothing special to be done, a simple
make install clean in the directory is sufficient. Copy the
/usr/X11R6/etc/imwheelrc to ~/.imwheelrc and edit (if necessary).
I did not have to so you probably will not either. Start imwheel
on a terminal window.
FINALLY: have at it
Try mozilla or netscape first. Your scroll buttons should work.
If not on a terminal window try using the xev app
to determine if the button clicks are being noticed by X.
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