This article provides instructions for 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 theme is not loaded at all
For window managers it might be necessary to load the cursor theme before starting the window manager using xrdb via ~/.xinitrc:
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources eval $(dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session <window_manager>)
Restart X to apply the changes:
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 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 has been chosen.
For GTK 3 applications:
[Settings] gtk-theme-name = gentoo gtk-icon-theme-name = gnome gtk-cursor-theme-name = gentoo gtk-cursor-theme-size = 16
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 server.