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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:00 pm    Post subject: Awsome animated mouse cursor!!! Reply with quote

I love eye candy, and this X tweak will get anyone drooling over linux!

1. You have to be running XFree 4.3.0 (I think 4.2.99 or something might work, but I'm not sure), so first step is to emerge it:

Code:

limbo root# ACCEPT_KEYWORDS=~x86 emerge xfree


2. Go to http://www.kde-look.org/index.php?xcontentmode=mouse and download one of the X11 mouse themes. I especially like the "Blue Glass XCursors 3D"

3. As root, go to the following directory, and then move the tar file there.

Code:

limbo root # cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/icons/
limbo root # mv /home/john/5532-BlueGlass-XCursors-3D-0.3.tar.bz2 .


4. Uncompress the tar. Use the -j in this case since it is a bz2, but if it were a gz replace the "j" with a "z".

Code:

limbo root # tar -jxvf  5532-BlueGlass-XCursors-3D-0.3.tar.bz2


5. Copy the cursor directory that was created to the current directory.

Code:

limbo root # cp -R BlueGlass-XCursors-3D-0.3/Blue/ .


6. Edit the file that specifies your default mouse cursor set and change it to Blue. This is in the "default" directory off of the directory we are currently in.

Code:

limbo icons # nano default/index.theme


and have it read:

Code:

[Icon Theme]
Inherits=Blue


7. Restart you X session (log out of your desktop manager and log back in). You should be good to go!!!

This is serious eye candy. Take a look at the pics provided where you download the cursors from, and then imagine them fluidly animated and spinning around an axis.... very cool.

Please let me know what you think if you get it to work ok, and post if you have any questions I might be able to answer.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tried it..

it is serious eyecandy


been staring at my mouse for the last half hour...

way to much eyecandy, i'll never get any work done this way :)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious if KDE is required?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just curious if KDE is required?


Not sure I understand your question exactly, but if you mean does it work in something like windowmaker, then yes it does. I don't ever use KDE and it works perfectly under windowmaker.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, kde isn't; it's an X thing. Your cursors are handled in X; think -- you could use those nice pretty things on "Xsession", who wouldn't want that?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, if they would work within another environment besides KDE. I figured they would, just making sure. Someday 4.3 will be stable :D
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still having issues with mouse cursors. I'm using the included whiteglass theme. Under Fluxbox, whenever the cursor is over a Gnome program (galeon, xchat, even xmms) the cursor becomes HUGE. Its terrible. Over the desktop, its fine. When I try a different theme (I actually tried the exact same one the original poster described) the cursor is only in that theme over the desktop. Going to any other program makes it revert back to whiteglass.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using xmms with windowmaker and don't experience the problems you are describing.

Do you think it could be a problem specific to flux? I wish I had an answer for you, but I really have no idea.

Do you have KDE installed? Do you experience the same problems there?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2003 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't noticed the problems in KDE, but I'm having problems with KDE at the moment (long story) and so I'm back to using Flux. The default size of the whiteglass theme is very large, so I've changed it in .Xdefaults, it seems to revert back to default size with the programs I mentioned. If anything it might be a Gnome issue since they're Gnome programs.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just installed them. all i can say, it wow!.. thats nice.. i'm happy w/ my Virge VX, cus my geforce2 just went dead sunday :( no 3d for me.. oh well, but atleast my icons have a shadow :)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using the Silver ones... Man, that is some seriously upsetting eye candy... woah...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2003 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jsut a little note ...

You don't have to install the whole stuff as root. Every user has a .icons directory in his home dir. Just put the cursor stuff including the index.theme into ".icons/default". Works very well here :o).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2003 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what the.... whats wrong with that hands finger?! ITS HUGE! all the same, i'm still gonna try em out :D
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im getting similar problems to the other people in this thread ( i use enlightenment): when my mouse is over gnome stuff or kde stuff the cursor is "ok" (and its what i set it at in the xfree core configs) but when i move it over my background it becomes horrible (as usual:P
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks great, but they are flickering. are there any special settings needed here?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using animated cursors (I chose the Gold version of the theme posted above) on Flux, and I have no problems with my cursor changing over xmms or gnome-terminal.

I also set the size to 16 in .Xdefaults.

Not sure why you are having problems. I didn't really do anything special.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... fantastic.
Follow the directions exactly to the letter, and they're working perfectly for me. this is quite possibly some of the best eye candy everrrr...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 1:01 am    Post subject: I don't.... Reply with quote

lurid wrote:
I'm still having issues with mouse cursors. I'm using the included whiteglass theme. Under Fluxbox, whenever the cursor is over a Gnome program (galeon, xchat, even xmms) the cursor becomes HUGE. Its terrible. Over the desktop, its fine. When I try a different theme (I actually tried the exact same one the original poster described) the cursor is only in that theme over the desktop. Going to any other program makes it revert back to whiteglass.


Am using fluxbox with that cursor, everything works just fine.
Restart X for it to take properly...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmm ;) ...i use the siver one, but others are nice too ...maybe when i change the look of my fluxbox ...for now it's white-silver-blue-ish ...so silver rocks :)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate the new cursors and want to change them back to the old default style from XFree 4.2. The only thing I like about the new cursor is the transparency.

Where do I do this? The Mouse setting application has no effect.


UPDATE: Edit you /usr/share/cursors/xfree/default/index.theme file and comment out the line "inherits=whiteglass"
Code:

#inherits=whiteglass


Last edited by eyevee99 on Fri Apr 18, 2003 9:00 pm; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well now not only does E override cursor outside normal apps, but it flickers now...gah

edit: and after restarting X it seems all cursors are gone (but i still have E's ugly ones) and im stuck with the annoying small transparant grey...fun
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2003 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

REsizing in gnome flickers too.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2003 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How can I stop enlightenment 16.5 from overriding the xfree 4.3 choice of cursor set such as blueglass? At the moment, I get the blueglass cursor in applications but the plain black E cursor on desktop and elsewhere. Any help much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2003 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now you all download and use YellowDot cursors instead, because they were made by a Gentoo user :P
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2003 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, some decent eyecandy in linux (eh.. cursor wise)!
Thanks for recomending these cursors, they are so sweet! First tactful animated cursors I've ever seen, and they work well to boot!

Note in the tutorial above, this line should be changed:
Quote:
limbo root # cd /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/icons/

Because the new path with the newest ebuild xfree-4.3.0-r2 places cursors in the directoy /usr/share/cursors/xfree (much easier to remeber IMO).

Excellent tip! This needs to have a sticky, because everyone needs to see this over the course of time! lol my little text cursor is ROTATING IN 3D! That's excellent! And, it's non-obtrusive and functional at the same time! Going to be hard to compete with these cursors (to all you cursor designers out there).

BTW the preview on KDE-look doesn't do the cursor's justice; fine, they look nice, but what is impressive is their smooth animation and well-done 3d rotation etc., and as I recall, the screenshots are static. Give them a test run.
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