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Re: X11 cursor size

From: alex
Subject: Re: X11 cursor size
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2022 07:46:46 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 1.6.11; emacs 28.1

Thanks for pointing out the Adwaita-Icon-Theme along with the path to
the system wide icons/pointer directory. Now I'm able to set the pointer
and size for the X11 session. Unfortunately emacs (when exwm is started)
seems to override this setting and for all child frames of exwm. Someone
else reported the same effect using guix installed emacs in arch-linux
(I'm using guix system). Also a similar (x-pointer) topic was discussed
in the exwm issues (with no obvious solution (issue was closed

So question now is: how do I increase the x-pointer size under exwm in
guix emacs?


On Sun, Jul 17 2022, 19:45:12, Gary Johnson <> wrote:

> 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 32
> 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!
>   Gary

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