I'd like to install a X mouse cursor theme like:

Mouse cursor X

I have Lubuntu with lxappearance, but failed to find an appropriate package for this.


I manage to get it working on my Linux. Basically, I have downloaded the cursor files from http://blackevilweredragon.deviantart.com/art/X11-Cursors-25788898

Then used convert to make ... well convert them to .png

convert icon:no.cur normal.png

The next step is to make the .png a valid X cursor format, so I used xcursorgen

xcursorgen conf.in normal

conf.in looks like this:

34 10 4 normal.png 1000

I did this for all the cursors I was interested in, then overwrite the files in the current cursor theme:

root@alexi-XPS13-9333 15:59:40-[x11_cursors]# cp normal /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursors/left_ptr

Now it looks like this: X11-defaults

NOTE: it worth mentioning that some programs will not follow the theme rules (mostly Skype) :)

| improve this answer | |

(Update: including more details after hunting down the old cursors)

The 'original' X cursors are certainly in the basic packages for X server or X client libraries. It is a font, technically.
(It is in the bitmap font /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc/cursor.pcf.gz in package xfonts-base)

So there is no such package to install these old cursors separately, and you have them already if you have X.

What should exist, though, is a modern "cursor theme" just recreating these cursors in modern format. Maybe it is not aviable as a package, but as a tar.gz file on some desktop theme collection website.
Oh, realizing you did not explicitly ask to use the original/old cursors - so a theme "looking like them" (in a package) would fully solve your question.

| improve this answer | |
  • Yes, I have X. But I am not able to assign my mouse cursor to the image above. The customization tool lxappearance only offers DMZ black/white and a couple of others. – Pierre B Mar 30 '14 at 4:46
  • Indeed, lxappearance does not show the original cursors. Seems like they were in a very different format back then; So while they are still there, they are incompatible, (and not automaticaly converted or so, as I expected) – Volker Siegel Mar 30 '14 at 5:07
  • Ha! Found them... it really is a font, /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc/cursor.pcf.gz. It is a bitmap font - not scalable, and in an old format. But that is all not surprising as these cursors were part of the very first versions of X pretty sure... – Volker Siegel Mar 30 '14 at 5:23
  • An interesting hack you could try is provoking LXDE to fall back to use the X11 default cursors. Can you manually try configuring no mouse theme at all, or a nonexisting one? (Btw.: after some searching, I still did not find a modern mouse theme with the old X font cursors.) – Volker Siegel Mar 30 '14 at 11:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.