[ESS] cut and past binding in my emacs linux broken

Ron Burns rrburns at cox.net
Sat Jan 23 06:25:01 CET 2010

Dear All-

This is not a specific ess problem, but I am hoping that because there 
are a lot of emacs experts that read this group someone can point me in 
the right direction.

I upgraded to ubuntu 9.10 ( 2.6.31-17-generic #54-Ubuntu)
I am using GNU Emacs 22.2.1 (i486-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.18.3)
I am using a Dell XPS laptop with a touchpad

In other programs (e.g. thunderbird mailer) all of the touchpad 
functionality seems OK with respect right-click marking and then 
simultaneous right-left click to paste and scroll bar movements (i.e. 
moving the scroll bar (right-click and drag) moves the bar and does not 
highlight any text; ditto for simultaneous right-left click and drag; 
Left-click drag scroll bar does nothing.)

In emacs and hence ess the behavior has changed:
-basic cut and paste right-click marking and then simultaneous 
right-left click to paste works OK if do not use scroll bar to move cursor.
-right-click and drag scroll bar highlights text and leaves cursor at 
end of drag with text marked and in kill buffer.
-left-click and drag scroll bar highlights text and deletes the marked 
text at end of drag (when release left-click)
-simultaneous right-left click and drag scroll bar pastes the kill 
buffer at the point of the right-left-click release.

I plugged in a usb mouse and the behavior is similar, but not exactly 
the same so I do not think it is a touchpad setting problem plus seems 
OK in other editors.

I know this is slightly off topic but ess-R is my platform for R 
development and I am dead in the water now as every natural sequence of 
edits totally destroys my work in progress.

Thanks in advance for your consideration and help.


R. R. Burns
Physicist (Retired)
Oceanside, CA

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