[Xmonad] incorrect mouse cursor in some apps

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Fri Oct 26 21:10:19 EDT 2007

> On Oct 26, 2007, at 12:50 , Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> >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.
> X11 windows (the low-level window object, as opposed to what most  
> people (and window managers) consider a window; many (but not all) of  
> the visible widgets in a GUI application are independent windows) can  
> have a cursor associated with them, or otherwise inherit the one set  
> on the parent window.  Thus, most applications will not set a cursor  
> at all, or only do so on special widgets (e.g. Xaw scrollbars get the  
> bidirectional arrow cursor).
> Problem is, the default X11 root window cursor is a big ugly X, not a  
> pointer like most people (and applications!) expect.  Integrated  
> desktop systems install a default pointer cursor, but simple window  
> managers (not just xmonad but also things like twm) don't.  As noted,  
> this is easy to fix with xsetroot, but it remains an unfortunate  
> default.  (Hm.  Someone should petition x.org to change the default  
> root cursor....)

I've updated the faq to explain this feature.

-- Don

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