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Old 16th August 2004, 02:12 PM
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GNOME - Change your mouse icon/cursor

If you don't like the default mouse cursors, here is how to change it:

1) Download "mouse theme" you like:
- here is one place to download -> gnome-look

2) Copy(as root) downloaded archived file in /usr/share/icons:
Code:
cp example.tar.bz2 /usr/share/icons/
3) Go to that directory and unpack the archive:
Code:
tar xvfj example.tar.bz2
The directory with your icon name should be created here.(/usr/share/icons/Example)

Note: Some icon themes come with two or three different colors, so extracted directory will contain subfolders name like "Black" "White" "Blue" ....
You should move subfolder to /usr/share/icons/ directory like this:
Code:
mv /usr/share/icons/Example/Black /usr/share/icons/
Now the /usr/share/icons/Black foder is here where it should be.

4) Edit the file with your text editor located in /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme
Code:
gedit /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme
Change the line "Inherits=Bluecurve" to whatever your new mouse icon theme directory is named. (Inherits=Example, Inherits=Black, Inherits=Blue,...)

5) Save the file and log out of your session.
When you login, the new mouse icon theme should be in use.
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Old 6th September 2004, 02:09 PM
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I've tried that, but I noticed that when I use Mozilla, old Bluecurve wait cursor (and hand cursor) appear...
Any suggestions ?

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Old 7th September 2004, 02:24 PM
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never mind... fixed !
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Old 7th September 2004, 02:47 PM
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never mind... fixed !
Can you explain how did you fix this...
So others can see
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Old 7th September 2004, 03:14 PM
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you can do it also as an ordinary user... IMHO doing it system wide is not good because when you f.e. upgrade redhat-artwork package your setup will vanish - and that is exactly behavior that we don't like? do we?

you can do that changing similar files (you must create them)... just substitute /usr/share/icons with ~/.icons directory...

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Old 7th September 2004, 08:20 PM
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Can you explain how did you fix this...
So others can see
I've just made a backup copy of Bluecurve/icons dir and then replace that with the new folder icons.
The workaround seems to be ok.


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Old 21st November 2004, 08:31 AM
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I was a RedHat 9 user & moved on to Fedora Core 2 a few months ago. Why is it so much more complicated to change cursors in Fedora then it was in RedHat 9 where you simply had to go to Hat Menu -> Preferences -> Mouse -> Cursors where you could simply choose the mouse cursor theme you wanted to use. I don't get it.
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Old 21st November 2004, 08:52 PM
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check these out:
http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=125
http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=109
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Old 21st November 2004, 09:03 PM
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I don't get it.
These are instructions for installing new themes that don't come with the system. The same selection process is still needed to use them.
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Old 22nd November 2004, 07:21 AM
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Yes I do understand this technique describes how to install & use new mouse cursor themes but I also have to modify the index.theme file if I wish to use Bluecurve-inverse for example. In RedHat 9, I didn't have to edit any files & could just select the mouse cursor from the mouse preferences. I'm just wondering how come they made it more difficult with the FC2 instead of keeping it as simple as it was on RH9.
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Old 24th December 2004, 07:56 PM
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I'm using FC3. When my computer is booted and I'm in the login screen, I do see my new cursor theme (grounation theme from gnome-look.org), which I installed according the instructions in this topic. But when I log in then, my cursor theme is changed back to the default cursor theme during the loading process. Any idea what could be going wrong?
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Old 25th December 2004, 11:36 AM
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Anyone tried gcursor ? -> http://qballcow.nl/?s=14
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Old 25th December 2004, 05:28 PM
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I just tried installing it (I didn't find an rpm package with APT) but then it started complaining when I ran the configure script because it missed some libraries:

checking for
glib-2.0
gobject-2.0
gtk+-2.0
gnome-vfs-2.0
libgnomeui-2.0
libglade-2.0
gconf-2.0
xcursor
... Package glib-2.0 was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `glib-2.0.pc'
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'glib-2.0' found

configure: error: Library requirements (
glib-2.0
gobject-2.0
gtk+-2.0
gnome-vfs-2.0
libgnomeui-2.0
libglade-2.0
gconf-2.0
xcursor
) not met; consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if your libraries are in a nonstandard prefix so pkg-config can find them.

Most these libraries ARE installed according to APT. But xcursor is not available in APT. What to do now? BTW I'm using FC3.
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