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 When I logged back in, I noticed that my beloved standard X11 cursors had been replaced by some ugly antialiased white cursor theme.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.