[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#652999: Bug#652999: xfce4-terminal: please add a way to disable (redefine?) middle click running mailto:

Adam Borowski kilobyte at angband.pl
Thu Dec 22 20:26:10 UTC 2011

On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 08:55:28PM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> On jeu., 2011-12-22 at 18:01 +0100, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > Unlike left and right mouse buttons, the middle one doesn't care about where
> > the mouse is pointing.  With one exception: if the mouse happens to be on
> > something that looks like an email address, in which case xfce-terminal will
> > start some useless mail program.  This is infuriating, for example, when
> > picking commits off a "git log", etc.

> > It'd be great if there was a way to disable this misfeature.
> > 
> Actually, it works with any link. The fact that you call this a
> misfeature doesn't make it so, and calling it like that doesn't look to
> me like the best way to have it changed.

Ok, that makes two targets you have to watch out for.

My problem with this feature is that it takes an untargetted command and
makes it "almost always untargetted but not quite" one, working differently
without warning.  And with the usual use -- mark something in one tab,
use keyboard to switch, paste -- this seriously slows the workflow down.

xfce's biggest advantage over Gnome is the ability to actually configure
things.  For example, both xfce-terminal and gnome-terminal in their default
configuration have a close button on every tab, another annoying thing that
routinely causes data loss if you misclick when switching tabs.  Unlike a
browser where a tab can be reopened with a single command, losing a terminal
can cost you a lot of time.  In g-t, there is no recourse and Gnome folks
actively refuse patches; in x-t you can set MiscTabCloseButtons=FALSE and
all is fine.  Tabs can still be closed with Ctrl-D or by right-click|"close

So, what would you say about a way to disable middle click sometimes
behaving differently?

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