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Re: X11 cursor size

From: Gary Johnson
Subject: Re: X11 cursor size
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2022 19:45:12 -0400 writes:

> I tried this already an the effect is, that the default pointer (in X11
> outside of any window) changes from a cross to a left_ptr but the size does
> not change. If I understand correctly, I need to have type1 fonts for
> that which I included in my config by adding `font-xfree86-type1` to my
> systems package list (but the corresponding path doesn't show up in the
> X11-fontpath).
> Also I'm wondering how to set the cursor size because by just executing
> `xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr` I set the cursor shape/type but how do
> I specify the size? Recepies from the net suggest to do this via a
> `fonts.alias` but that doesn't seem to have an effect either.

Hi Alex,

In my last message, I suggested that you should read the man page for
xsetroot, as it provides several options for changing your cursor
settings in X. The example I gave was just of the way that I use it.

If you want to use xsetroot to increase your cursor size, try adding
this line to your ~/.xsession file:

xsetroot -xcf /run/current-system/profile/share/icons/Adwaita/cursors/left_ptr 

For this Xcursor file to be available, you'll need to make sure that you
have installed the following package into your system profile.

- adwaita-icon-theme

If you would prefer a different cursor than the left_ptr, feel free to
pick any file in the `cursors` directory.

Have fun and happy hacking!

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