I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and have a multi-button Microsoft mouse. I would like to map the Ctrl and Alt modifier keys to the left and right thumb buttons of my mouse, respectively, so I can Ctrl + click and Alt-click without touching the keyboard. My thumb buttons are buttons 8 and 9.
I tried the solution in How do I configure a mouse thumb button? which explained how to map a double click to a thumb button - this worked for the double-click but I couldn't figure out how to modify the solution for Ctrl and Alt
I also tried How to map Ctrl/Shift to thumb buttons of Mouse? which used xdotools and xbindkeys. I modified the script to this:
"xdotool keydown alt" b:9 "xdotool keyup alt" release + alt + b:9 "xdotool keydown ctrl" b:8 "xdotool keyup ctrl" release + control + b:8
Which ALMOST works. It simulates a Ctrl-key press when I click the left thumb button, but I can't actually hold the button and click at the same time - holding the thumb button seems to prevent it from listening to other input until it is released.
Does anyone know how I can make my mouse thumb button actually work as a modifier key, so I can use thumb button + click instead of Ctrl + click?