Bug 99830 - Multi-touch is pretty picky on finger placement
Summary: Multi-touch is pretty picky on finger placement
Alias: None
Product: Wayland
Classification: Unclassified
Component: libinput (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium minor
Assignee: Wayland bug list
QA Contact:
: 100533 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-02-15 19:41 UTC by Taylor
Modified: 2018-06-05 09:58 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Currently Strict Finger Placement (19.45 KB, image/png)
2017-02-15 19:41 UTC, Taylor

Description Taylor 2017-02-15 19:41:13 UTC
Created attachment 129657 [details]
Currently Strict Finger Placement

So I was digging through the source code attempting to figure out how to resolve this but got lost.

The main issue I am encountering is that when using this library the function calls are only triggered if all 3 fingers are lined up horizontally on the trackpad which makes it really hard to trigger. <<-- most important part of this bug report. 

I am using a Macbook pro 2010 built-in trackpad running elementary os. 

I have 3 finger swipe up tied to super+Up and as a test I had it tied to just a single letter in a text document. It seems that the placement of the fingers on the trackpad determine if it's triggered. The natural position is a triangular pattern for the 3 fingers.

It would be nice in the configuration to be able to set the length of the swipe gesture and maybe a flag to make finger position not important. 

Essentially if any 3 fingers in any spot are on the trackpad (or even defined spots, I don't know how that would work in the config) and the group moves a certain direction and distance at a certain speed threshold. 

That would open up a lot of different possibilities for fast swipe vs slow swipe. swipe to top right or top left. Ect.
Comment 1 Peter Hutterer 2017-04-18 01:53:45 UTC
in case that's not obvious from the long silence - I'm quite busy with other things and haven't found time to work on this yet, sorry.
Comment 2 Peter Hutterer 2017-05-19 05:15:30 UTC
*** Bug 100533 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Peter Hutterer 2018-05-01 07:12:05 UTC
somewhat related but not fixing this particular issue:

commit 66687902d01a01f844bf9039150f22e7c10850ef
Author: Peter Hutterer <>
Date:   Thu Apr 26 11:18:58 2018 +1000

     gestures: if two fingers are in definitive pinch position, pinch
Comment 4 GitLab Migration User 2018-06-05 09:58:18 UTC
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