Two finger scroll Linux opens tons of windows when viewing reports
Support Staff2 Posted by Ben Spencer on 26 Aug, 2011 03:25 AM
I am not able to reproduce the problem on Ubuntu 11.04. Are you
using the OpenJDK by any chance? If you are could you try
installing the JVM from Oracle instead and let me know if that
makes a difference.
Support Staff6 Posted by Ben Spencer on 26 Aug, 2011 08:02 AM
If the two finger scrolling is working in other applications
then I imagine your synaptics settings are fine.
Are you able to two finger scroll in something like
Are you able to two finger scroll in other parts of
I don't have java 1.7 installed and since it is relatively new
(been out less than a month) I could imagine there is a bug in 1.7
with two finger scrolling. Could you try rolling back to an earlier
version of Java? I am running 1.6_22 without problems.
I'm able to two finger scroll everywhere in Linux. I just
downgraded to jdk6/jre6 and experience the same behavior. What I
did notice, though is that in account view, when I got to two
finger scroll, the right click menu pops up immediately. I can kind
of scroll around still, but as soon as I stop, the right click menu
shows up on the last transaction under my cursor when my two
fingers left the trackpad.
So two fingers, even rested lightly on the trackpad, is getting
interpreted as a right click. I wonder if that's on my end with
synaptics settings? I have three finger tap set up as right click
and if I rest three fingers on the trackpad elsewhere, nothing
happens. I have to tap with some force.
Hope this helps narrow things a little bit. I can play with
synaptics settings tonight to see if I can make any progress..
So out of curiosity, it occurred to me that I could install
Moneydance on my work computer which also runs Arch Linux. I have
about the same setups on both computers (Openbox, Arch, synaptics,
x86_64, etc.) so I thought that might be interesting.
On my HP8540w, I do not get this issue, despite having the same
It wouldn't surprise me at all if there is something about the
MacBook hardware that doesn't play well with Linux. Could you try
two-finger scrolling in another Java application on Linux? jEdit is
a good choice for this. If the problem exists in jEdit as well as
Moneydance, but none of your other applications, then it may be a
Java problem also.
Jessica -- I just tried jEdit and the behavior is the same as
Moneydance. I can scroll, but simply resting two fingers on the
trackpad registers as a click or activity of some sort. This should
not be the case. I'll fiddle with things and see what I find.
Definitely sounds like either a synaptics problem or a Java bug.
If you do find a solution, I'd be interested in hearing it. Or if
you discover that it really is a bug in Moneydance, definitely let
Yay! Fixed. Thanks to the Superuser post above, I got a response
that the issue comes down to synaptics X11 options. For me, these
are located in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf. The key
## whatever options you have ##
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "off"
Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "off"
So, problem solved. I checked jedit as well and it registers two
finger vertical scrolling as a click event with HoizTwoFingerScroll
set to "on," and stops that behavior (as does MDance) with the
option off as shown above. Not a killer for me, as I don't ust
horizontal scrolling much anyway. I was just happy to find the
As a side note, the poster in Superuser mentioned that it's
independent of distro and computer. The user has the same problem
as my Macbook running Arch x86_64 on a Dell running OpenSuse.
Thanks again for working with me on a solution previously.