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Re: fringe and mouse in emacs 22.1

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: fringe and mouse in emacs 22.1
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 20:30:40 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I recently updated from emacs 21.4 to 22.1.  There's one change
> I don't like and I'm wondering if I can revert it via ~/.emacs
> somehow.

> That is (a) I like having a non-zero fringe, but (b) I don't like
> the way the mouse pointer behaves differently in the fringe in
> 22.1.

> I'm mostly editing C source and TeX files, and I want to be able
> to select lines of text with a mouse drag.  This was easy in 21.4,
> but now I find I have to be very particular about the initial
> pointer position to do this: too far to the left and I'm into
> the fringe, where mouse-down-plus-motion does not initiate
> drag-selection (the mouse just swipes uselessly); too far to the
> right and I miss the first character(s) on the line.

> So what I'd like to do is enforce the old behavior: in the
> left fringe, mouse-down-plus-motion starts drag-selection.

> Thanks for any suggestions.

I'd suggest you try

  (define-key function-key-map [left-fringe down-mouse-1] 'down-mouse-1)

-- Stefan

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