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== See also ==
== See also ==
For more information about cursors in X (supported directories, formats, compatibility, etc.)
For more information about cursors in X (supported directories, formats, compatibility, etc.).
Revision as of 02:57, 6 July 2014
zh-CN:X11 Cursors There are many cursor themes available besides the default black pointer.
- 1 Getting mouse cursor themes
- 2 Manually installing mouse cursor themes
- 3 Choosing and configuring cursor themes
- 4 Supplying missing cursors
- 5 Troubleshooting
- 6 See also
Getting mouse cursor themes
Check which themes are already installed:
find /usr/share/icons -type d -iname "*cursors*"
Manually installing mouse cursor themes
This is only required when not using pacman to install themes.
Extract the cursor theme package:
$ tar -zxvf foobar-cursor-theme-package-foo.tar.gz
$ tar -jxvf foobar-cursor-theme-package-foo.tar.bz2
Make a directory for the cursor theme:
$ mkdir -p ~/.icons/foobar/cursors $ cp -a FooBar-AweSoMe-Cursors-v2.98beta/cursors/* ~/.icons/foobar/cursors/
# mkdir -p /usr/share/icons/foobar/cursors # cp -a FooBar-AweSoMe-Cursors-v2.98beta/cursors/* /usr/share/icons/foobar/cursors/
If the package includes an index.theme file, check if there is an "Inherits" line inside. If yes, check whether the inherited theme also exists under this name in your system (rename if needed). Then copy the index.theme file:
$ cp -a FooBar-AweSoMe-Cursors-v2.98beta/index.theme ~/.icons/foobar/index.theme
# cp -a FooBar-AweSoMe-Cursors-v2.98beta/index.theme /usr/share/icons/foobar/index.theme
Applications may keep using the default cursors when a theme lacks some cursors. This can be corrected by adding links to the missing cursors. For example:
$ cd ~/.icons/foobar/cursors/ $ ln -s right_ptr arrow $ ln -s cross crosshair $ ln -s right_ptr draft_large $ ln -s right_ptr draft_small $ ln -s cross plus $ ln -s left_ptr top_left_arrow $ ln -s cross tcross $ ln -s hand hand1 $ ln -s hand hand2 $ ln -s left_side left_tee $ ln -s left_ptr ul_angle $ ln -s left_ptr ur_angle $ ln -s left_ptr_watch 08e8e1c95fe2fc01f976f1e063a24ccd
If the above does not solve the problem, look in
/usr/share/icons/whiteglass/cursors for additional cursors your theme may be missing, and create links for these as well.
$ cd ~/.icons/foobar/cursors/ $ rm watch left_ptr_watch $ ln -s left_ptr watch $ ln -s left_ptr left_ptr_watch
Choosing and configuring cursor themes
If you use some desktop environment like Gnome, you can use its GUIs to choose cursor themes. Alternatively you can useto manage and apply cursor themes.
If you don't want to install any additional packages, you can use an environment variable to set a theme for a single application to try it out temporarily, for example:
$ XCURSOR_THEME=SomeThemeName xclock
Using the XDG Icon theme specification
Using an index.theme file (recommended)
Create the following file (you may also need to create the directory):
[icon theme] Inherits=my-cursor-theme
~/.iconsyou can create the
index.themefile in the
Create a symlink named "default" in
~/.icons, which points to your installed cursor theme:
$ ln -s /usr/share/icons/my-cursor-theme/ ~/.icons/default
GNOME 3.8 and above
To change the cursor theme with GNOME 3.8 and above, run the following command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme my-cursor-theme
dconf-editor if you do not wish to issue a command.
index.themefile as described above.
GDM disregards GNOME cursor theme settings and it also ignores the cursor theme set according to the XDG Icon theme specification - see above. To change the cursor theme used in GDM, you must create the following file:
Then run the following command as root:
# dconf update
Using X resources
To locally name a cursor theme, add to your
To have the cursor theme properly loaded it will need to be called by your window manager. If it does not, you can force it to load prior your window manager by putting the following command in
~/.xinitrc or .xprofile (depending on your setup):
$ xrdb ~/.Xresources &
You can optionally add this line to
~/.Xresources if your cursor theme supports multiple sizes:
Xcursor.size: 16 ! 32, 48 or 64 may also be good values
If you do not know about supported cursor sizes, start X without this setting and let it choose the cursor size automatically.
Refer to your window manager documentation for details.
Supplying missing cursors
Some programs set their own custom cursors which you may want to override. A common example of this is rdesktop, which connects to a Microsoft Windows computer and uses the cursors obtained from the remote machine, which can often be difficult to see due to protocol limitations yielding poor conversion quality.
This can be resolved by replacing these cursors with ones from the same (or another) cursor theme. In order to do this, the hash of the image must be obtained. This is done by setting the
XCURSOR_DISCOVER environment variable prior to launching the application that sets these cursors:
$ XCURSOR_DISCOVER=1 rdesktop ...
The first time (and only the first time) the cursor is set, some details will be displayed, like this:
Cursor image name: 24020000002800000528000084810000 ... Cursor image name: 7bf1cc07d310bf080118007e08fc30ff ... Cursor hash 24020000002800000528000084810000 returns 0x0
When Xcursor looks for missing cursors, the search path includes
~/.icons/default/cursors so this is where an image can be placed for Xcursor to find. First, create this directory if it doesn't already exist:
$ mkdir -p ~/.icons/default/cursors
Then link the hash to the target image. Here we are using the
left_ptr image from the
Vanilla-DMZ cursor theme:
$ ln -s /usr/share/icons/Vanilla-DMZ/cursors/left_ptr ~/.icons/default/cursors/24020000002800000528000084810000
The change will be visible as soon as the application is restarted. No special method of launching the application is required.
Here are some common Microsoft Windows cursors that rdesktop uses when connecting to a remote machine running Windows 7. Unfortunately animated cursors are difficult to override as they are sent frame-by-frame, so one mapping will be needed for every frame!
$ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/00000000017e000002fc000000000000 ~/.icons/default/cursors/xterm $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/00000093000010860000631100006609 ~/.icons/default/cursors/right_ptr $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/01e00000201c00004038000080300000 ~/.icons/default/cursors/plus $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/24020000002800000528000084810000 ~/.icons/default/cursors/left_ptr $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/6ce0180090108e0005814700a0021400 ~/.icons/default/cursors/left_ptr_watch $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/d2201000a2c622004385440041308800 ~/.icons/default/cursors/hand $ ln -s /usr/share/icons/$THEME/cursors/fc618c00da110f0034fd0e004e082400 ~/.icons/default/cursors/watch
Awesome window manager
Xcursor does not work correctly with awesome window manager. You may notice all of the themed cursors work except the default cursor.
For more information see Awesome wiki.
- man Xcursor — For more information about cursors in X (supported directories, formats, compatibility, etc.).