[Xmonad] incorrect mouse cursor in some apps

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Fri Oct 26 15:00:33 EDT 2007

> Hi, 
> I chatted briefly with nomeata yesterday and the consesus was that my
> problem is not an app issue but instead something in my system or build
> of xmonad. 
> the problem: some apps, a blank workspace and the border around
> windows all show the default "X" mouse cursor. This shows up in a
> variety of apps: gnucash, xpdf, xvidtune*, Xdialog**. There are probably
> others, but I haven't gone through the whole list. Other apps work
> just fine: urxvt and other terminals show the usual text-insertion
> cursor. firefox/iceweasel show an arrow or insertion cursor as
> expected and so forth.

Yep, not a bug. You just set your own cursor, as follows:

    # .xinitrc

    xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
    xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr
    xsetroot -solid '#80a0af'

I'll add it to the FAQ.

-- Don

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