Crazy Cursor Conspiracy Finally Fully Fixed

So lately I had the bad fortune to type in apt-get install gnome-control-center on my workstation. It pulled in probably a hundred dependencies, but I confirmed installing it, never really looking at that list.

The next day, I had a reason to reboot. When I logged back in, I noticed that my beloved standard X11 cursors had been replaced by some ugly antialiased white cursor theme. I felt as if XP had inched closer to taking over my machine.

I grepped all over $HOME for some indication of what happened. I played with the cursor settings in gnome-control-center’s appearance thing, which didn’t appear to have any effect. When I logged out, I noticed that the cursor was messed up in kdm of all things, and no amount of restarting it could fix it.

After some grepping in /etc, I realized that I could fix it with this command:

update-alternatives –config x-cursor-theme

And I set it back to /etc/X11/cursors/core.theme. Ahh, happiness restored.

I guess that’ll teach me to install bits of gnome on my box. Maybe.

One thought on “Crazy Cursor Conspiracy Finally Fully Fixed

  1. Thank you! This happened to me too, I just did a system update on my kubuntu box after months of being disconnected from the net, and this happened.

    I was annoyed, but couldn’t work out how to fix it. Now you have mangaed to justify all that random browsing of my iGoogle page :-)

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