Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 147768
gnome-mouse-properties forgets "Highlight pointer" setting
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:36 EDT
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Description of problem:
gnome-mouse-properties has a setting that locates the cursor when the
control key is pressed. When this is turned on, the control key works
during the current session, but is forgotten after logout or suspend.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Applications -> Preferences -> Mouse -> Cursors. Check "Locate
2. Log out and log back in.
3. Press control key.
Actual Results: Nothing happens.
Expected Results: Cursor is highlighted with flashing square.
The checkbox remains checked. Unchecking and rechecking turns
highlighting back on for the duration of the session.
Still happens with control-center-2.10.1-6 in FC4. Highlighting is also lost
Still happens with control-center-2.14.0-1 in FC5.
I just stumbled on this by accident. The right control key does not forget its
highlight setting. In my case, I have the left control key and caps-lock
swapped. So it appears that forgetting occurs when the control key is remapped.
In this case, neither the left control nor the caps lock key remembers the
highlight setting, but when it is reset, the "virtual" control key is the one
that gets the highlighting property.
Fedora Core 5 is no longer maintained. Is this bug still present in Fedora 8?
Kind of hard to tell, because of bug #301891. That bug reports that the setting
is currently missing from gnome-mouse-properties, so I can't change it to test
That said, at the moment, the control keys (both of them!) do show the mouse
pointer position in the current configuration (at least with the nVidia binary
driver on my current laptop. I will test another machine with a different X and
see if there's a difference.
The option is now in Fedora 9.
OK not sure how I can test now, though (without building an F9 machine, which I
can't do right now).
You can use a Live USB key with persistence. The details of how to set it up
will be in the Fedora 9 beta release notes.
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