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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    I installed the galternatives but issue still exists. I get a large black pointer in firefox but other stuff is still small and white I have also used Ubuntu tweak, and advanced settings, and dconf but none fix this problem. A few releases ago this got broken and nothing seems to fix it. I am running 12.04 classic.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Ubuntu-tweak and other tweak tools just change the dconf setting(gsettings)
    Changing the cursor from DMZ-White to DMZ-Black should work by changing the gsettings and alternatives value.

    The size of the cursor is a different issue.
    If the size is inconsistent change the cursor-size back to default (24).
    Code:
    gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size
    Using the ~/.Xresources file to make the size consistent doesn't work in 12.04.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    The issue is to get a large pointer consistently as I have bad eyesight, this should be a very basic tweak

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    The issue is to get a large pointer consistently as I have bad eyesight, this should be a very basic tweak
    It should be but it's not.

    To have a larger cursor you need to download a theme which is made larger and add it to the alternatives list and then change to that theme using dconf and alternatives.

    This thread shows how to install a theme that highlights the mouse.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...1#post12552311
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    I have a larger cursor but it isn't consistent. In firefox it is large and blavk on the desktop it is small and white

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    I have a larger cursor but it isn't consistent. In firefox it is large and blavk on the desktop it is small and white
    As I said before you cant change the size consistently using the default themes.

    You need to have downloaded a theme like the one I attached earlier in this thread (post #8) that has been created as a larger size.
    If you have downloaded a different large cursor theme, post a link to the cursor theme download or attach a .tar.gz of your theme and I'll show you how to add it to the alternatives list.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    ok I have looked at gnome-look and there are hundreds but they don't say the size. I prefer 48 black just like I have in firefox now. Is there a way to locate the one I am using in firefox. I looked in the icons but there are hundreds of files there

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    ok I have looked at gnome-look and there are hundreds but they don't say the size. I prefer 48 black just like I have in firefox now. Is there a way to locate the one I am using in firefox. I looked in the icons but there are hundreds of files there
    You can install big-cursor from the repos.
    Normally it's black but changes to white (still big though) when hovering over links.
    See pics.
    If your happy with that let me know as it still requires you to make a cursor.theme file.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Ok try this one.
    Install comixcursors...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install comixcursors-righthanded-opaque
    The comixcursors themes do not contain cursor.theme files.
    In order to add to alternatives the theme needs a cursor.theme file.
    You need to create a cursor.theme file for the ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large theme.
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /usr/share/icons/ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large/cursor.theme
    ...and copy and paste into the created cursor.theme file
    Code:
    [Icon Theme]
    Inherits=ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large
    Save and close.


    Using the terminal, add the theme to alternatives...
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large/cursor.theme 20

    Using the terminal, select the theme in dconf and alternatives...
    Code:
    CURSOR=ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme "$CURSOR" && sudo update-alternatives --set x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/$CURSOR/cursor.theme
    Log out/in


    If you want to change back to the default cursor (DMZ-White)...
    Code:
    CURSOR=DMZ-White
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme "$CURSOR" && sudo update-alternatives --set x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/$CURSOR/cursor.theme
    Log out/in

    As you can see I've used a variable ($CURSOR) for the name of the theme so if you want to set it back to black
    use CURSOR=DMZ-Black instead of CURSOR=DMZ-White in the first command.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    OK I installed the big-cursor from synaptic which I had tried a while ago without any luck. Also I tried the command sequence above which just produces errors see below

    Code:
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ sudo apt-get install comixcursors-righthanded-opaque
    [sudo] password for cmcanulty: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    comixcursors-righthanded-opaque is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ [Icon Theme]
    [Icon: command not found
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ Inherits=ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ sudo mv ~/cursor.theme /usr/share/icons/ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large/
    mv: cannot stat `/home/cmcanulty/cursor.theme': No such file or directory
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large/cursor.theme 20
    update-alternatives: error: alternative path /usr/share/icons/ComixCursors-Opaque-Black-Large/cursor.theme doesn't exist.
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$

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