X11 Mouse Cursor Themes
Starting after installimg the binary nvidia drivers on both my laptop
(Quadro K1100M) and my workstation (GeForce GT 630) Blackbox was
defaulting to a mouse cursor that was suboptimal, a black, notched
The settings in the Xresources for the mouse cursor theme are honored by
XDM at the graphical log in, but when Blackbox or Fluxbox start, the
cursor would change to the black notched triangle. TWM honors the
settings in Xresources, but TWM is just a little too minimalist, even for
But there's a simple fix!
Create a file in your home directory (if it doesn't already exist)
.icons/default/index.theme. In this file, add the following lines:
Inherits = polarblue
where polarblue is the name of the X11 mouse cursor theme you wish to
use. FreeBSD installs many of the X11 cursor sets into
/usr/local/lib/X11/icons/, your Unix flavor may be different. In theory,
you can also install new themes of your choosing into ~/.icons/ and use
those without the need for any elevated privileges.
Additionally, there's the option of creating a .Xdefaults file in the
home directory and adding the line
Again, where polarblue is the name of theme you want to use.