This article provides instructions on with cursor theme management on an X11 based system.
Before installing any new packages, check to see what cursors are available on the system. Cursors can be found beneath the /usr/share/cursors/ directory.
x11-themes/xcursor-themes comes with the whiteglass and the redglass themes:
emerge --ask x11-themes/xcursor-themes
Other packages with some Gentoo themed cursors is available as well.
x11-themes/gentoo-xcursors comes with gentoo, gentoo-blue, and gentoo-silver cursor themes:
emerge --ask x11-themes/gentoo-xcursors
To install all of the cursor themes available from Portage:
emerge --ask x11-themes/blueglass-xcursors x11-themes/chameleon-xcursors x11-themes/comix-xcursors x11-themes/gentoo-xcursors x11-themes/golden-xcursors x11-themes/haematite-xcursors x11-themes/neutral-xcursors x11-themes/obsidian-xcursors x11-themes/pearlgrey-xcursors x11-themes/silver-xcursors x11-themes/vanilla-dmz-aa-xcursors x11-themes/vanilla-dmz-xcursors x11-themes/xcursor-themes
Edit the user's ~/.Xresources file:
Cursor size can be optionally chosen as well:
Cursor keeps going back to default X cursors
In some desktop environments the mouse theme can change when hovering outside of a window. Inside the window the mouse cursor respects the user's choice. But outside the window the mouse cursor changes into the default X cursor.
Create the symlink to the user's home path:
ln -s /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11 ~/.icons
GTK 2 and GTK 3
With some GTK applications the mouse cursor changes to default settings when the it is inside the GTK application window. Users can fix this problem by setting the gtk-theme-name and gtk-cursor-theme-name variables in the ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini and ~/.gtkrc-2.0 configuration files. In the examples below the
gentoo cursor theme as been chosen.
For GTK 3 applications:
[Settings] gtk-theme-name = gentoo gtk-icon-theme-name = gnome gtk-cursor-theme-name = gentoo
For GTK 2 applications:
gtk-theme-name = gentoo gtk-icon-theme-name = gnome gtk-cursor-theme-name = gentoo
- X resources — configuration options for X applications
- Xorg — an open source implementation of the X Window System.