Is there an effective way to map a mouse's thumb buttons to alt-left and
I've been trying the imwheel route using an MS USB Wireless Intellimouse
Explorer on a new 9.1 installation. (Seven buttons on this mouse: left,
right, two for the wheel, and two thumbs buttons on the left side.) It
isn't working. After making the appropriate XF86Config edits and
issuing the usual xmodmap and imwheel incantations, alt-left and alt-
right are mapped to the wheel. That's despite the fact that I tell
imwheel to map to buttons 6 and 7, which, after the xmodmap, xev
indicates are the thumb buttons. In other words, prior to xmodmap,
imwheel sees no button 6 or 7; after xmodmap, xev shows the thumb
buttons as 6 and 7; but imwheel "67" does the mapping to the wheel.
("Buttons 7" and "ZAxisMapping 6 7" are in XF86Config.) Plus, the wheel
stops scrolling. With "ZAxisMapping 4 5" in XF86Config and without
using xmodmap and imwheel, the scroll wheel works.
I've managed to do this on other distributions, but have always found
imwheel to be more trouble that it is worth.
Is there a better way?
A better way might be a new mouse, too. Anyone care to recommend a mouse
"just works" or comes with Linux software/drive that takes care of the
mapping issue. Doesn't need to be wireless or USB.