Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

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Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

Postby gurfle » 2017-10-11 23:45

This strikes me as a serious design flaw: Using the mouse control panel in mate settings causes simple touching of the touchscreen to behave like a right-handed mouse "right-click" (or "secondary click"), i.e. generally bringing up context menus rather than selecting something. Until I find a solution to the question on how to enable touchscreen secondary click action, as detailed here, my touchscreen is useless in the left-handed mate mouse setting.

As it is, this is really a crazy design: Touchscreens are physically essentially a one-button device (of course ignoring the coordinates of the "touch", which is irrelevant to this issue), and pressing that "one button" should always be the primary click, irrespective of the "handedness" setting of the mouse.

A work-around is possible by using xinput to toggle between right- and left-handed mouse, which leaves the touchscreen unaffected, but I think the current behavior of the mate settings daemon is very bad, and ought to be fixed. I suspect this is worthy of a bug report for mate developers, but am looking for feedback here before going there.
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Re: Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

Postby debiman » 2017-10-13 06:35

more trouble with your semi-tough book?
a conservative distro like debian does not cater much for touchscreens.
maybe (i hate to say this but there it is) you would be better off with ubuntu?
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Re: Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

Postby gurfle » 2017-10-13 19:45

Unless I am badly mistaken, the issue is in higher level software, i.e. display manager and desktop, which should not be hardware dependent.
But I understand your point, and perhaps newer versions of lightdm and mate will not mess up the touchscreen, which I can wait for in debian. I was just curious, more than anything, since I don't really care for the touchscreen anyway. I was in fact quite surprised that it worked at all straight from a clean default debian install.

In fact for the basics, the panasonic CF-54 otherwise works perfectly in debian 9.2 (only in 9.1 does the headset microphone jack not function).

So I am fine, do not care for the Ubuntu bleeding edge update approach, and the question was purely out of curiosity. If anyone else can tell if my "design" complaint makes sense as a lightdm or mate desktop issue, I'll look into filing a bug report in the appropriate place. Otherwise it's really not that important to me.
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Re: Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

Postby debiman » 2017-10-14 11:53

gurfle wrote:do not care for the Ubuntu bleeding edge update approach

i don't think ubuntu is "bleeding edge" - they do try to find a balance between a conservative "stable" approach and adding updates as soon as they seem "stable enough" (however they define that).
the outcome usually means better support for newer devices.
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Re: Left-hand mouse setting messes up touchscreen in mate

Postby gurfle » 2017-10-14 20:55

OK, I overstated the Ubuntu approach. What I meant to convey was that I just prefer the more methodical way of debian testing, and do therefore generally stay away from the fanciest, newest hardware -- with this panasonic CF-54 being a bit of an exception. But as I said, all its basics are now very decently supported in stretch 9.2.

I am still curious about the unfortunate connection between mouse and touchscreen "handedness" settings, which really ought to *not* be connected. The issue seems (or ought to) to be independent of the hardware supporting drivers. Am I wrong there? We're just talking about keeping the click behavior of mouse buttons independent of touchscreen click behavior. Low level drivers should have nothing to do with that -- and if they do, it seems like we are dealing with an even more serious design problem!
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