Question with mouse pointer

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Fri Oct 20 01:02:12 UTC 2006

On Thu, 19 Oct 2006 20:16:16 -0400
"Jim Stapleton" <stapleton.41 at> wrote:

> What's the best way to get a larger pointer on my comptuer? I'm
> running Xorg/KDE. I tried to look, but the only thing I could find was
> cursor profiles, and I'd rather not have to figure out how to create a
> new profile...
> Sorry for the lack of specifics and details, but I'm not what else to
> put here.  Lowering the resolution isn't really an option either...

Hi Jim,
usually (in my experience) this is done by changing the cursors you actually
use (rather than 'enlarge' the current by some software method).

On my 6.2-PRERELEASE system X cursors are located in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/icons/

you can download packages and extract them in folders there, or simply install
them from ports (search for 'cursor' in the  name). To change the default
setting (so it affects your login manager too, you need to edit


For example, I have the following cursor packages installed:

$ pkg_info | grep curso
cursor-bluecurve-theme-0.234_2 The Bluecurve X cursor themes

and my index.theme is:

[betom at ayiin] [Fri Oct 20 10:59:07 2006]
$ cat index.theme 
[Icon Theme]

There may be some way for your desktop manager to modify the cursor... but 
this works, and I use XFCE, so i don't know those details about KDE or GNOME. I
think Enlightment has some mouse-pointer related settings, but it's been a
while since I tried it.


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