Bug 1252995 - MacBook Pro 10,1 touchpad 2-finger click produces middle-click; no way to right-click
MacBook Pro 10,1 touchpad 2-finger click produces middle-click; no way to rig...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libinput (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Hutterer
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-08-12 12:54 EDT by Brion Vibber
Modified: 2015-10-02 18:12 EDT (History)
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Xorg.0.log (34.72 KB, text/plain)
2015-08-12 18:19 EDT, Brion Vibber
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evemu recording of 'right-click' on macbook pro touchpad (43.35 KB, text/plain)
2015-08-12 18:23 EDT, Brion Vibber
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Description Brion Vibber 2015-08-12 12:54:44 EDT
Description of problem:

Two-finger and 3-finger click both produce middle-click behavior in Fedora 23 Alpha on a MacBook Pro 10,1 (15" Retina mid-2012). There is no apparent way to perform a right-click, which would be much more useful than a middle-click.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot Fedora 23 on MacBook Pro 10,1 and log in
2. move mouse cursor over the desktop
3. perform two-finger click

Actual results:
Nothing visible happens (middle-click does nothing here)

Expected results:
Context menu should appear (expected right-click behavior)

Additional info:
Comment 1 Peter Hutterer 2015-08-12 18:00:24 EDT
please attach your xorg.log and an evemu recording. http://wayland.freedesktop.org/libinput/doc/latest/reporting_bugs.html has more info. that link is for libinput, not synaptics, but the info we need is pretty much the same.
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2015-08-12 18:19:51 EDT
Created attachment 1062286 [details]
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2015-08-12 18:23:35 EDT
Created attachment 1062287 [details]
evemu recording of 'right-click' on macbook pro touchpad

evemu recording of a 'right-click' attempt (two fingers down, then thumb clicking, as expected from this machine under Mac OS X and Windows). Can provide also with fewer or more fingers down. :)
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2015-08-12 18:25:11 EDT
Also let me know if I'm in the wrong component; not sure this is synaptics actually...
Comment 5 Brion Vibber 2015-08-13 19:23:38 EDT
After some more fiddling with the machine I stumbled accidentally on a click method that works and produces a right-click -- I have to click separately with two separate fingers very close together at very nearly the same time. It seems this is a much narrower definition of 'two-finger click' than Mac OS X accepts. :)

I wonder if it would be useful to have diagrams or videos showing how the click/tap gestures work in the touchpad settings dialog. I can get used to a different behavior, but need to be able to discover it.
Comment 6 Peter Hutterer 2015-08-18 03:52:37 EDT
ok, that makes it a lot easier to explain now :)

First: you're using libinput, not synaptics, which is the new driver. synaptics had a clickfinger distance of 30% of the touchpad diagonal, libinput has a slightly different behaviour. there are some explanatory diagrams here:

the big difference in libinput is that it's using thumb detection to detect accidental clicks. when two fingers are on the touchpad, it checks if one of them is a thumb and discounts that. so you can move with one finger, click with the thumb and still get a left button click. for right-click you'll have to have two fingers close enough together (within a 40x30mm box). middle click should be triggered by any 3-finger combination though.

you'll need libinput 0.21 for that btw, the behaviour was a bit different in 0.20.
Comment 7 Brion Vibber 2015-10-02 18:12:52 EDT
I'm going to close this one out and reopen a more focused bug later; using the proper finger invocation everything works. Thanks for the help!

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