Strange Cursor behavior
bmarsh at bmarsh.com
Tue Nov 3 20:19:39 UTC 2015
About once a month I run into the following problem. I don't know how I
get into it and I sure as heck can't find a way out.
The cursor turns into a 4-pointed star with a red-dot in the middle.
Think of a compass quadrant with small arrows pointing N, S, E and West
with a red dot in the middle.
At this point I can't use the cursor for anything... can't click on
anything, bring up the app menu, move things around, nothing. I have
tried all kinds of keyboard tricks such as ctl-f? or alt-anything and
nothing will kill this mode. ESC, nothing.
The only solution I have found is to re-boot which is pretty serious. I
just got into this mode while I was doing a lot of CTL-C and CTL-V
(copy, paste) while also using the mouse and it was probably a
finger-fumble that got me into this mode.
Now I am running XFCE, which may or may not have a bearing on the
situation... But I am befuddled for a solution and I don't really even
know how to describe it in order to do a bug search.
Anyone run into this?
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