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mouseemu - Emulate mouse buttons and mouse wheel

MOUSEEMU(8) System Manager's Manual MOUSEEMU(8)

NAME

mouseemu - Emulate mouse buttons and mouse wheel
 

SYNOPSIS

mouseemu [options]
 

DESCRIPTION

Mouseemu is a daemon to emulate mouse buttons on trackpads with only one button. It lets you:
 

- emulate middle and right click
 

- emulate mouse wheel
 

- block trackpad while typing
It was initially developed for Apple PowerBooks and iBooks, but it may be useful on other architectures as well.
This program only works when booting a 2.6 kernel because it uses the new uinput interface to emulate the mouse.

OPTIONS

-middle B2_MOD B2_KEY
Modifier and key for the middle (second) mouse button. Defaults to F10 and no modifier on PowerPC and Intel Macs, and to none on all other architectures.
-right B3_MOD B3_KEY
Modifier and key for the right (third) mouse button. Defaults to F11 and no modifier on PowerPC and Intel Macs, and to none on all other architectures.
-scroll SCROLL_MOD
Modifier for the scrolling function. Defaults to Alt.
-typing-block DELAY
Time in milliseconds for which the trackpad will be blocked while typing on the keyboard. Defaults to 300ms.
-device UINPUT
Device node for the uinput device. Defaults to /dev/uinput. If this device is not read and writeable the following devices are also tried: /dev/uinput, /dev/input/uinput and /dev/misc/uinput.
-nofork
don't run in the background
-autorescan
Automatically scan every 5s for new devices. This is normally not need, as udev should inform mouseemu about new devices.
-debug
print debugging messages about device scans
-help
show usage message
The key codes for the buttons and modifiers are key scancodes. They can be found in include/linux/input.h in the kernel headers or by using `showkey` in a console. The keycodes must be given as decimal values (`showkey` displays hex values!).
Mouseemu does normally not automatically scan for new devices. An udev rule is used to trigger a rescan when new devices are connected. You can also trigger a rescan manually by sending a HUP signal to the mouseemu process.

EXAMPLES

To have the same behaviour as in MacOS X (CTRL-click for right mouse button and no emulation for the middle button):
mouseemu -middle 0 0 -right 29 272
The code for the (left) mouse button is 272 (0x110 in hex). The code for CTRL is 29.
Trigger a rescan for newly attached devices:
kill -HUP `cat /var/run/mouseemu.pid`

AUTHOR

Mouseemu was written by Colin Leroy <colin@colino.net>. This manpage was originally written by Gaudenz Steinlin <gaudenz@debian.org> for the Debian Project, but may be used by others under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
2005-03-29 Debian Sid