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Thread: Compiz Show Mouse Radius

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Lightbulb Compiz Show Mouse Radius

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to share something with you all. If this belongs somewhere else let me know.

    I got the idea from this thread

    I wanted the show mouse effect to not rotate around my mouse (just a preference)and have the emitters directly under my cursor. So by editing two files it gave me the desired effect to an extent.

    1. Just in case back up your compiz settings.
    2. Open a terminal and type - sudo nautilus . It'll ask for your admin password.
    3. The file manager should now be open, go to /usr/share/compiz/showmouse.xml copy the file and rename the copy to showmouse.xml.bak.
    4. Open showmouse.xml with the text editor.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom and look for the "radius" section. Go to the <min>10</min> entry and change it to 2. Save.
    6. Go to /usr/lib/compiz/ copy the file and rename the copy to
    7. Open the file with Ghex and search for the string radius on the right side of the search box.
    8. It'll look like a jumble of words, but look after the word radius and find <min>10</min> change to 2. Save.
    9.Compiz should now disable itself.
    10. Reboot and re-enable Compiz and try out the show mouse plugin, it should now allow you to use a smaller radius.

    For some reason it wouldn't allow me to use a radius of 0 or 1. If anyone has any tips it would be appreciated.

    Last edited by vitz3; May 20th, 2011 at 08:32 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Re: Compiz Show Mouse Radius

    Does seem to work at value 2 either, my compiz wouldnt load with that
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