Mouse button stops working?

James Laska jlaska at
Mon Jul 19 16:23:46 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-07-18 at 01:18 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-07-14 at 22:07 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > On Thu, 2010-07-15 at 00:44 -0400, Jonathan Kamens wrote:
> > > I'm running F13 with updates-testing enabled. In the last two days, my 
> > > left mouse button has suddenly stopped working on two separate 
> > > occasions. I don't know what caused it and the only way I was able to 
> > > find to fix it was to kill my gnome-session and thus log out and log 
> > > back in with a fresh X server. Switching VT's and back didn't help.
> > > 
> > > Has anybody else seen anything like this recently?
> > 
> > I had something similar once - my left button was actually acting as if
> > ctrl was held down permanently, it was drag-selecting text in Evolution
> > when I moved it, and clicking did nothing in any app. Reboot fixed it,
> > haven't seen it again since.
> It's now happened three times since I wrote that mail, and it's starting
> to get rather annoying.
> I realized that it's not exactly acting as if ctrl or shift is held
> down, though - it's acting exactly as if the left mouse button is held
> down. Now I've realized that, next time it happens, I'll try unplugging
> and replugging the mouse.
> It's even possible it's just my mouse acting up. It's six years old
> now...

I've experienced this as well.  Both the physical laptop touchpad, and
USB attached mouse no longer honor left-click after some unspecified
amount of time.

I see nothing obvious in /var/log/{messages,Xorg.0.log,dmesg}.
Unplugging the USB mouse, and re-inserting did not change the result.
Logging out of the desktop and logging back in resolved the issue.

I'm still looking for some breadcrumb as to what might be causing the
failure.  I'm tail'ing $HOME/.xsession-errors (along with the log files
noted above for clues).


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