Synaptics click and drag problems

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Wed Apr 7 03:51:09 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 11:55:31AM -0400, Jon Masters wrote:
> On the off chance that someone knows the innards of the synaptics driver
> beyond the basic tunables exposed in synclient...
> I bought a new Macbook Pro over the weekend, which is able to run Fedora
> 12 (albeit not as smoothly as I would have hoped, it took a lot of
> fiddling and the WiFi is still not reliable). It is dual booting with
> OSX at the moment. In OSX, the ability to use two fingers to click and
> drag is very useful. This is not the same as two finger scrolling, this
> is simply clicking with one finger, and dragging with the other.
> Within the Fedora desktop environment, clicking and dragging results in
> a right mouse button event and no dragging. I turned off the silly (and
> in my personal opinion anti-useful) right mouse button stuff after some
> fiddling with synclient in HAL so I don't end up with a lot of minimized
> windows or "New Folder"s on my desktop every time I try to click and
> drag. But I still can't actually click and drag. There is a suggestion
> this is a limitation in the synaptics driver in Xorg. Is that correct?
not quite the same feature but synaptics does provide single-finger
tap-and-drag. Tap once, then leave the finger on the touchpad after the
second touch to drag.  Maybe that is a useful-enough alternative for now.

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