December 2007

My new mouse, the Logitech G5 refresh (edit: the one with 2 thumb buttons), works really nice under Linux. The only minor issue I had was that the direction of the horizontal scrolling was swapped. I solved this with the following code in my xorg.conf (xorg-server-, xf86-input-evdev-1.1.5-r2 as Gentoo packages, the appropriate evdev kernel modules have to be loaded):
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "evdev"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Name" "Logitech USB Gaming Mouse"
Option "HWHEELRelativeAxisButtons" "7 6"

No further setup is needed, all buttons and scroll wheel direction work out of the box; especially no xmodmap is needed. The dpi setting buttons work too. However, at the moment, one can only set the mouse to 400, 800 or 2000dpi. A customization will hopefully be possible when lomoco supports the G5.

Using the settings above let you scroll horizontally eg in konqueror or OpenOffice. Firefox sets it to “go back/forward one page” by default. To scroll, set mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action and mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.numlines (edited, thanks to Deth for pointing out a mistake) to 1 in the about:config dialogue. The default behaviour is reached with ALT+wheel.

Although xev prints the thumb buttons’ pressing correctly, there isn’t any function yet AFAICS. Unfortunatly (for me) KDE cannot assign actions to mouse buttons. This is possible with xbindkeys, which is configured via .xbindkeysrc. Here is mine (edit: which sets actions for both thumb buttons):
"xvkbd -text "\[F13]""
"xvkbd -text "\[Control]\[Prior]""
"xvkbd -text "\[Control]\[Next]""
Control + b:9

xbindkeys, however, cannot assign simple key combinations but only shell commands so — you guessed it — another tool is needed: xvkbd. Now button 8 simulates a F13 which is not on my keyboard but can be assigned by KDE and button 9 gives a CTRL+PageUp, which cycles through the tabs in firefox; CTRL+Button9 does the obvious thing. I guess I’m happy now but, nonetheless, I hope KDE 4 makes the use of extra mouse buttons a bit easier.

About a week ago octave 3.0.0 was released. It is one of my favourite tools to do a fast calculation but it is capable of doing a lot of different kinds of numerical tasks. One aim of the developers is to be compatible to Matlab — they ignore obvious stupid behaviour of Matlab, though — so one major change of this new version is the new plotting system. Read the news file. Just a little comment to a small new feature: after every exit octave now writes something like # Octave 3.0.0, Sat Dec 29 13:15:13 2007 CET into the history file. As mentioned I often start octave to enter only one or two lines so my file would include a lot of these lines. To deactivate this feature add history_timestamp_format_string(""); to your .octaverc.

Hallo and welcome to my blog. This is my first posting; so far I just played with the settings of the main site and added a bit about me on the about page. The search box on the right hand side still creates an validation error but I’ll keep the link to have a quick checking possibility. As far as I can see the error is not caused by me nor can I solve it but I try to get help. (changed the theme)