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Lucid cursors

KDE - Sep 3 2010
Question:In Windoz, I made my own cursors.
I want to do the same in 10.4.
I can't find the files/folders to put them in, &
I don't know what format to use.
I would REALLY appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction.
(I looked in the 'man' pages,
but since I don't know what I'm looking
for, I think I overlooked it.)
Thank you EVER so much.

Answer:well, you can't directly use windows cursors in linux, you need to port them. you can convert .cur files to png with some utility, or gimp, i think... but then you need to save them as x11 mouse cursor files (which you can do in gimp, google "gimp xmc plugin"). you should just download an existing cursor theme, and re-write the images with your own.
and there is a utility that does stuff, which i'm not sure of called "sd2xc-2.5.pl" you can look that up, too, if you want.

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 by Aiwendil on: Sep 3 2010
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Sorry, never had created my own cursors yet so can only point you to some man pages that might be worth viewing. The first one is "Xcursor" ("man Xcursor" in shell or "man:/Xcursor" in the address-bar of konqueror). A lot of programming stuff in there but also this:

Xcursor (mostly) follows the freedesktop.org spec for theming icons. The default search path it uses is ~/.cursors, ~/.icons, /usr/local/share/cursors/xorg-x11, /usr/local/share/cursors, /usr/local/share/icons, /usr/local/share/pixmaps, /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11, /usr/share/cursors, /usr/share/pixmaps/xorg-x11, /usr/share/icons, /usr/share/pixmaps. Within each of these directories, it searches for a directory using the theme name. Within the theme directory, it looks for cursor files in the 'cursors' subdirectory. It uses the first cursor file found along the path.

If necessary, Xcursor also looks for a "index.theme" file in each theme directory to find inherited themes and searches along the path for those themes as well.

So if you have any mouse cursor theme installed already have a look in the directories mentioned there and you should be able to get a overview how a cursor theme looks like. (and maybe a base for creating your own theme)

The second manpage is "xcursorgen". As far as I understand it this program is needed to convert png files to the cursor files xorg expects.

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