Lately whilst browsing the web the mouse will "hold down left click" and not let go -- i.e. I get a closed hand icon that can move around but doesn't interact with the screen. Restarting the OS solves it but I don't want to to continually lose what I'm working on.
This is a problem with trackpad or USB mouse equally. From googling it looks like since Ubuntu 8 or earlier there has been a problem with
Xorg whereby mouse errors in Firefox cause this problem.
The error was also noticed by this user: USB mouse moves but doesn't accept left clicks
I was able to solve the problem once by closing
openbox and restarting with
awesome but today that's not working. Any other ideas? Could I restart
Xorg without losing everything and thereby "restart the mouse"?