Mouse cursor theme and Customize Look and Feel

PCMan at
Mon Nov 12 02:17:38 UTC 2012

It's not a bug. It's the limitation of X11.
This is one of the many things that Windows can do well and X cannot.
Changing cursors on the fly requires XFIXES extension to X11.
Besides, not all applications/GUI toolkits have proper support for this.
In addition, KDE, Qt, gtk, and gtk with xsettings running all acquire
settings for cursors from totally different places.
There is no common spec for this. So it's totally in a mess.
LXDE already did its best to overcome this issue with some hacks in

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Ryan Porter
<websterhamster at>wrote:

> >Can someone please confirm what I'm seeing? My set-up is a standard
> Lubuntu
> >12.10 install, fully updated on a Dell 1545 laptop.
> I have had this problem since I very first started on Linux back in
> 2009, I think. It was Ubuntu 9.04, and it had this problem. I used
> galternatives to fix it.
> I did some research and this appears to be a bug Ubuntu has had for many
> years, and never fixed. Hint: If Lubuntu fixed this bug, we'd have
> something that the other flavors don't have! (an edge in the distro
> market ;)
> Until this issue is solved, perhaps galternatives could be shipped with
> Lubuntu in the next release? Just a suggestion.
> Ryan
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