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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    In 12.10 this method works without installing any additional themes.
    Two changes to make.

    Set the cursor size in dconf.
    Terminal...
    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size xx
    Where xx is your cursor size.
    Default is 24.
    Use 16, 32, 48, or 64.

    and

    Edit ~/.Xresources
    Code:
    gedit ~/.Xresources
    and add or edit the line
    Code:
    Xcursor.size:xx
    using the same value you used for dconf.

    Need to reboot.
    Last edited by stinkeye; January 25th, 2013 at 01:57 PM.

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    Angry Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by som21 View Post
    the bug is already running; for sometimes.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...piz/+bug/86184
    Interesting. But it doesn't just happen in Compiz, it's in every WM I have tried, so it's probably a bug in the X server, not Compiz.
    Also, that darn bug is 5 years old now, so it's not gonna be fixed anytime soon.

    Linux based OSs are the only OSes that has this kind of ridiculous bug. The X server is really ancient, so let's hope Wayland will be better.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    In 12.10 this method works without installing any additional themes.
    Two changes to make.

    Set the cursor size in dconf.
    Terminal...
    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size xx
    Where xx is your cursor size.
    Default is 24.
    Use 16, 32, 48, or 64.

    and

    Edit ~/.Xresources
    Code:
    gedit ~/.Xresources
    and add or edit the line
    Code:
    Xcursor.size:xx
    using the same value you used for dconf.

    Need to reboot.
    Yes that works... Thank You...
    No need to reboot. Just restart X (reatart DM, whatever You use) or use xrdb... Reboot is for other OS...

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    In 12.10 this method works without installing any additional themes.
    Two changes to make.

    Set the cursor size in dconf.
    Terminal...
    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size xx
    Where xx is your cursor size.
    Default is 24.
    Use 16, 32, 48, or 64.

    and

    Edit ~/.Xresources
    Code:
    gedit ~/.Xresources
    and add or edit the line
    Code:
    Xcursor.size:xx
    using the same value you used for dconf.

    Need to reboot.
    Does it work in a fully updated 12.04 system using metacity and gnome fallback desktop?.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Don't have 12.04 to test.
    Replaced with 13.04.

    Works in my 12.10 install in both the ubuntu and the gnome classic(no effects) sessions.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Thankyou

    I will try the workaround in my 12.04 system and will post the results. I suppose I can always go back to my current cursor reinstalling the big cursor theme, isn't it?

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    No, this workaround doesn't work in 12.04 with gnome fallback session.

    If I want a big cursor I have to install a large cursor theme.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    I also have this problem in 12.04 classic and would also like a black cursor which is what I have set in advanced settings and dconf editor but it changes on some apps to white and small. This is a real irritating bug that used to be easy to fix in gnome 2

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    The cursor bug is a bug in X.Org and has been there since the X.Org version present in Ubuntu 9.04. It will not be fixed anytime soon. There is a work around involving manually taking your preferred cursor theme and making it default by renaming the "default" folder in the /usr/share/icon folder to something else like "default-old", then taking you cursor theme and rename it "default". Reboot and it should work.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    I also have this problem in 12.04 classic and would also like a black cursor which is what I have set in advanced settings and dconf editor but it changes on some apps to white and small. This is a real irritating bug that used to be easy to fix in gnome 2
    Use galternatives to also change to the same theme under x-cursor-theme.
    or
    run the command
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

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