Tracing mouse events

Rolf G Nielsen lazlar at
Sat Jul 28 13:36:00 UTC 2007

Garrett Cooper wrote:
> Rolf G Nielsen wrote:
>> Does anyone know a utility, that would let me se mouse events in human 
>> readable form? I recently bought a new mouse, which moused reports as 
>> having 16 buttons, and xmodmap -pp reports 15 buttons.
>> As far as I can see, it doesn't have 15 or 16 physical buttons. If I 
>> count the wheel as two buttons, I get 8 or possibly 10:
>> left & right (two buttons)
>> pushing the wheel (one button)
>> scrolling the wheel (two "buttons")
>> tilting the wheel left or right (two "buttons", which I guess are 
>> intended for horizontal scrolling)
>> and a thumb button (one button)
>> There are also two buttons, that increase or decrease the resolution 
>> of the mouse, but I don't think those generate any mouse events.
>> I'd like to find out which button is which, so I can install an actual 
>> xmodmap that I'm happy with.
>> /Rolf Nielsen
>    Try xev. It captures all X11 input events within a small X widget 
> created box. Beware though -- it captures all input, including mouse 
> movement and keypresses.
> -Garrett
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Thanks. It did exactly what I was looking for... plus more. But not 
touching the keyboard isn't too hard, and holding the mouse reasonably 
still, was something I expected to have to do anyway. :D


Vänligen / Sincerly,
Rolf Nielsen

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