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Month: November 2015

Re: [trinity-users] pet peeve

From: "Dr. Nikolaus Klepp" <office@...>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:17:16 +0100
Hi Gene!

Am Sonntag, 15. November 2015 schrieb Gene Heskett:
> Greetings all;
> One of the un-nessessarily difficult aspects of running linuxcnc, is how 
> the mouse vs menu's is handled.
> LinuxCNC's file menu in particular has a behaviour that needs a liberal 
> application of a LART but when I ask the developers about it I am told 
> its whatever the window manager does.
> In this case chase the  mouse over and click on the left hand "file" 
> menu, which brings up a list of next operation  choices, as you would 
> expect. 2nd on the menu is "recent files".  Makes perfect sense because 
> one is often cycleing thru at least 2 file, maybe more, and several tool 
> changes before removing that workpiece from the jig.
> Problem is, in order to maintain that 2nd menu, the mouse cursor must not  
> leave the "recent files" line of text in the primary menu, else the 
> secondary menu disappears to be replaced by the sub-menu the mouse might 
> be traveling over, ostensibly on its way to the 2nd menu's display.  Net 
> result is that sub-menu's are popping up and disappearing as the mouse 
> mopves, and when the pointer arrives at where the filename you wanted to 
> click on, its not there, having been replaced by something else whose 
> only commonality is that it belongs in the "file" menu category.
> 1. Clicking on the already highlighted "recent files" line of text does 
> nothing, although one would normally expect the click to at least lock 
> it to that function.
> 2. So I must pull over my chair and sit down so I can guide the  mouse as 
> it moves sideways, such that it never leaves that line of text.  A 3 
> second click here, click on the name, done, simply is not possible.  The 
> operation can take as long as 30 seconds to get lucky and guide the 
> mouse accurately enough not to lose the menu and get something else.
> Is it possible to let the mouse click select the menu, then click select 
> the sub-menu, then click select the filename one wants without all this 
> gingerbread popping up and derailing ones line of thought?  IOW, do 
> nothing between clicks, just check to see where the click was, totally 
> ignoring how the mouse got to where the click was issued?
> Its called useability by me, and the present menu's popping in and out of 
> existence as the mouse is moved performance is a huge hindrance to 
> productivity.  
> Obviously, showing the pointer moving is fine, but doing nothing else 
> until a click is issued would be the ideal target.
> Is it fixable someplace?
> Thanks people.
> Cheers, Gene Heskett

Well, don't use the mouse :-)

Try this:

<alt>+F, <down>, <right>, 2, <enter>

And you've loaded  the second recent file ..


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