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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 11:35 pm    Post subject: [Solved] Cannot change mouse cursor on cinnamon Reply with quote

I switched from KDE5/Plasma to MATE and now to Cinnamon and I'm trying to set my mouse cursor. I have a bunch of cursor themes from x11-themes/ installed, but nothing shows up in my configuration for mouse cursors in Cinnamon's theme settings. This is what I am seeing: http://i.imgur.com/LImhnDU.png

Here is the contents of my /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11 folder:

Code:
$ ls
total 120
drwxr-xr-x 30 root root 4096 May 11 14:23 .
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Aug  9  2015 ..
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Aug  9  2015 Adwaita
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Blue
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Black
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Blue
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Green
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Orange
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Red
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-Black
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-Blue
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-Green
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-Orange
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-Red
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-Slim-White
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 ComixCursors-White
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:20 gentoo
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:20 gentoo-blue
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:20 gentoo-silver
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Gold
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:20 haematite
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Aug  9  2015 handhelds
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:23 Neutral_Plus
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Obsidian
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 pearlgrey
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Aug  9  2015 redglass
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Silver
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Vanilla-DMZ
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 May 11 14:21 Vanilla-DMZ-AA
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Aug  9  2015 whiteglass


When I click on the button that is supposed to change my cursor, I get an empty tooltip to the right. Lxappearance also displays similar behavior, showing me no cursors available.

How do I fix this problem or work around it?

This is Cinnamon 2.8.6 from gentoo overlay
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up copying everything from that folder into ~/.icons and then I was able to pick a cursor from there. Strange that Cinnamon doesn't pick up the themes in /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11 folder, maybe it was looking in /usr/share/icons or somewhere else?

I also had the infamous Chromium cursor theme bug where it doesn't obey window manager settings and looks at global X11 cursor setting. Fixed that by running something like

Code:
$ ln -s /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11/gentoo-silver/ ~/.icons/default


to manually set my cursor theme globally for my user.
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