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[Bug 1246112] Re: right click causes a random left click action immediatly


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  right click causes a random left click action immediatly

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Bug description:
  When a right click brings up a menu in just about ANY application,
  there is a semi-random chance it will immediately semi-randomly select
  one of the choices as if it were left clicked. I suspect a mouse
  driver is at fault. It happened to me most recently with the openbox
  menu, logging me out twice in a row and rthen rebooting me the third
  time around.

  This is reported elsewhere on launchpad as a firefox 3.0 problem. It
  most emphatically is NOT limited to firefox and most emphatically IS
  current.. As in fully updated  (as of 2013 October 29) Saucy.  I
  mistakenly posted in one of those threads, and got to thinking it
  really ought to be posted under an appropriate title so the right
  people will look at it. I couldn't find anything on this that didn't
  incorrectly (assuming it is the same bug) describe it as a firefox
  bug.  So I'll paste what I posted there here, with a few edits.  If a
  mod wants to delete the other post or move this one, I have no

  Still happening after all these years. /me sighs.
  I confirm this is still happening on Saucy. I've never had any *buntu in which it didn't happen. I suspect it is a mouse driver problem. Interesting that someone also had it on xp. I suspect that may be a red herring though. It is entirely possible that a xp or other windows has a similar problem and for a similar reason. I've only experienced this on *buntus. Not on pclinuxos. Not on Sabayon. Not on Salix. That could be coincidence, but I doubt it. It isn't just firefox. I just had it on Saucy trying to use the openbox menu. 3 times in a row. Twice it logged me out and the 3rd time it rebooted.

  This a very lightweight system. Lighter than Lubuntu, lighter than
  plain LXDE. I started with the 32 bit Saucy mini.iso and added xorg,
  openbox, lightdm, lightdm-gtk-greeter, lxterminal, lxtask, firefox
  24.0, 1 lxpanel with a clock, 7 launchers (or whatever LX chaps call
  them), and a taskbar. I have the autostart (I forger which one, one of
  the ones associated with login at any rate) set NOT to start pcmanfm
  and draw a desktop. My "desktop" is merely a featureless gray, which
  I'll change to green when I get around to it. When I want to look at
  the ~/Desktop directory I do it with pcmanfm in detail view like I
  view any other directory. I tweaked appearnce by editing the theme
  files directly. In summary, it is about as light as a gui system can
  be. My cpu is an AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 245 Processor and Ihave 4 gigs
  of RAM. Nothing amazing but it certainly should be adequate for the
  software in question.  Everything is fully updated.

  So, I suspect:

  1 - There is a kind of quasi-randomness to this that makes it hard to
  track down and leads people into spurious conclusions.

  2 - While it is more likely to occur when some system resource,
  probably cpu, is overstretched, it can still occur when load is quite
  low. Firefox is probably associated with this a lot because it is a
  bit of resource hog.

  3 - This is probably a *buntu issue, or just possibly, a Debian issue.
  Although I ran LMDE a while and I don't recall haveing it there. The
  fellow who has it in xp probably experienced a different bug of the
  same nature.

  3 - It is most likely a mouse driver issue. Even if it isn't, it might
  be easier to write a workaround into a mouse driver than to track the
  actual problem. Could be as simple as making a right click equivalent
  to right click and hold until a left click occurs.

  4 - If there is a competition this has my vote for "most annoying *buntu bug of all time".
  I hesitated to check the security box but I reasoned something that influences things in a way basic to all gui interfaces and can cause inadvertant choices to be made, and possibly not noticed, could quite conceivably be a security issue. For example, my most recent experience of this bug was on the openbox menu. What it I had an entry "sudo ufw disable" and had that command on the no-password list in my sudoers file? Or if it happened in settiny options options on some security related software? 
  Redundant, but since you asked:
  ~$ lsb_release -rd
  Description:	Ubuntu 13.10
  Release:	13.10
  BTW, I'm not sure how this is going to post my "name". If it seems a tad belligerent, it is because I was getting very frustrated trying to create a launchpad account, and it isn't directed at anyone here. I'll be glad to change it if someone wants me to and points out how to. Besides, it's legitimate name - my father was Korean and my mother was a command interpreter. ;)

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