I had to install a GTK/Gnome theme (Adwaita) because some programs wouldn't work without one. But I hate that cursor theme. I prefer the lean look of the default cursor.pcf font.

How can I prevent GTK/Gnome applications from changing the cursor shape to the theme's? I guess deleting /usr/share/icons/Adwaita/cursors should work, but I'd prefer a less drastic option.

The distribution is Void, if that's any help.

Partial answer I've found that in the case of GTK 2 applications, it is done by commenting out the line

gtk-cursor-theme-name = "Adwaita"

in /usr/share/gtk-2.0/gtkrc.

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If you're on debian, /etc/alternatives/x-cursor-theme governs which cursor theme is used. I replaced that file with an empty one and it worked. It's annoying that many apps require adwaita theme installed...

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