Oh dear, if it seems that we have been here before, it’s because we have. Another Ubuntu upgrade, another broken Marble Mouse.

Took my a while to work out this one, but the answer is hidden in a bug report for RedHat. Actually, if I had read my last blog post I might have worked it out also.

What happens is Wayland, the new, er well what ever it is, for 17.10 looks at the marble mouse, says “it has no scroll wheel”, so disabled the input method. Which is unfortunate because then the emulation doesn’t work.

The solution is to turn it on again:

xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "libinput Scroll Method Enabled" 0 0 1
xinput --set-prop "Logitech USB Trackball" "libinput Button Scrolling Button" 8

Dearie me.


Worked. Was happy. Now it’s stopped working. Less happy.