[xmonad] Left pointer gone, again

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Wed Apr 21 07:40:26 EDT 2010

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 01:31, Wirt Wolff <wirtwolff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Excerpts from Magnus Therning's message of Tue Apr 20 11:22:51 -0600 2010:
>> Once again my normally beautiful left pointer has been replaced by the ugly
>> standard X left pointer.  As has been the case in the past[1] it's only in
>> some places that it happens.  This time it doesn't seem to work to set the
>> pointer using xsetroot though.
>> Any suggestions on what could be the issue here?
> Just guessing here, but since no other responses I'll open myself to
> possible embarassment guessing: if you were setting the cursor through
> xmonad as described below and upgraded your haskell X11, maybe the
> cursorfont headers weren't available at /usr/include/X11/cursorfont.h

I'm logging in to my Gnome desktop using GDM.  I configure the pointer
via the Gnome configuration utilities.

> Otherwise if you'd been using regular X login methods...
> I've a vague recollection that SLIM login manager does something unusual
> with the mouse pointer, so if you use it that could be worth investigating.
> Other than that, it may or may not be worth actually tracking down the cause.
> X configuration, and distro variations on the proper way to for users to
> customize their X have changed more frequently than most sane people can
> track these past few years. :-)

Yeah, I saw something about that in, however there was never any
mention of GDM doing this.

> The reason it's at default some places and not others is that applications
> are allowed to set their own cursors, but not all do, so it falls back to
> the one set on the root window.
>> How do I get rid of the ugly X left pointer?
> One easy way: with xmonad-contrib-0.9 or greater the desktop config
> startup hooks set this cursor to some commonly used left pointer one.
> Or you can use setDefaultCursor from XMonad.Util.Cursor in your
> startupHook to set one of your choice from Graphics.X11.Xlib.Cursor.

How would I use that to get the pointer that I've configured in my Gnome config?


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