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Pizzasgood


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PostPosted: Tue 20 Jan 2009, 02:30    Post subject:  Cursor themes  

Somebody recently asked if it was hard to change cursor themes in Linux. Not at all. The catch is that before you can change themes, you must have themes. So here is a package including 25 themes (50 mb worth, after it's installed, so you may want to cull out the ones you don't like).

http://www.browserloadofcoolness.com/software/puppy/PETget/cursor_themes.pet

They are installed to the hidden directory /root/.icons/. The active theme is set by symlinking its directory to /root/.icons/default. Then simply restart X and enjoy the snazzy new pointer.

Here is a list of the included themes:
    aero
    blue-crystal
    celtic2_preview
    celtic_preview
    ComixCursors-Blue-Regular
    ComixCursors-Orange-Large
    crystalgold
    daliesque
    Golden-XCursors-3D-0.8
    GreenApparatus
    lil-polar
    Nouveau-Onyx-smaller
    Obsidian
    PolarCursors
    Premium
    Premium_fade_to_blue
    RedDot
    Sceptre-small
    Vienna3
    vox
    whiteglass
    whitelarge
    wonderland
    Xeonyx
    yellowdot


(A number of these came from a .pup MU posted a long time ago).

More can be found at kde-look under the X11 Mouse Themes section.

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dejan555


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jan 2009, 11:24    Post subject: Re: Cursor themes  

Pizzasgood wrote:

They are installed to the hidden directory /root/.icons/. The active theme is set by symlinking its directory to /root/.icons/default. Then simply restart X and enjoy the snazzy new pointer.

Wow, that was quite easy and trivial, but finding about how it's done is actually what's hard, I supose also for mime icons it's enough to symlink to /root/.icons/ROX ?

Now, another cursor-related thing: If I draw cursor in GIMP, how do I create it's hotspot?
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jan 2009, 13:19    Post subject:  

Nevermind, found about this xcursorgen command line utillity....
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sullysat


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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 00:36    Post subject:  

Okay, so in order to USE these snazzy new cursors, I have to symlink to the default directory.

Probably simpler than it sounds.

Is there no way to take a look at the darn things first? Do I just keep adding and deleting symlinks until I pick the one I want?

Just wonderin'
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 02:01    Post subject:  

You can check out each theme folder if a preview is included, also there might be source png images included. If you download themes from kde-look link above there's a preview for each theme b4 u download. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 02:36    Post subject:  

Awesome! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 17:16    Post subject:  

As a matter of interest, Puppy-4.2 Deepthought includes the aero-ds cursor theme as default. aero-ds is an animated clone of the cursor theme in Vista and has a drop shadow (ds) to give it another dimension. Cool
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markofkane


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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 15:11    Post subject:  

symlinking? how is that done? I am still unfamiliar with PL.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 16:04    Post subject:  

drag folder from one window to another then when you release it it will give you options for copying or symlinking
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 16:07    Post subject:  

Thanks!!! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 16:31    Post subject:  

Didn't work, even after restarting X server. Still had the same cursor.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 17:05    Post subject:  

you sure you symlinked right folder and renamed symlink to "default"?
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 17:06    Post subject:  

yes.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 17:11    Post subject:  

Hey, try with pcursor changer from this thread:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1907996163&t=39013

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PostPosted: Sun 17 May 2009, 17:15    Post subject:  

I got it. I had Default instead of default.
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