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Old 08-17-06, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default Hide X mouse cursor/pointer

I would like to hide the X mouse cursor. I have tried many things, but to no avail. The first thing that I tried are the options in the nvidia driver
'Option "SWCursor" "off"' and 'Option "HWCursor" "off"'. This did not work. Next I tried xsetroot -cursor ..., but that only hides it while the cursor is over the blank desktop. I could not find any other options for X or for twm. I looked for options in fvwm, but did not find any, and I don't 'want' to load fvwm just to hide the mouse. The best option that I found was unclutter, but it does not quite work like it needs to. I don't want it to show up at all. I got the source for unclutter, but that is some c code like I have never seen before. The only other option I saw was for flash, but that does not apply. Does anyone know how to do this, any ideas? Would someone rewrite unclutter, I am about ready to pay for this.

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Old 08-18-06, 03:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hide X mouse cursor/pointer

If you don't need any mouse input, you could install the 'void' input driver in xorg.
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Old 08-18-06, 04:49 PM   #3
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I am not finding any documentation on this. Could you point me to some. Also would this remove the pointer from the screen.

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Old 08-18-06, 05:15 PM   #4
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Search for the 'void' driver in the packages of your distribution. In case of debian it is in a package called 'xserver-xorg-input-void' or perhaps it is already installed on your system. I think to use it replace: Driver "mouse" by Driver "void". I'm not sure if it hides your cursor but I think it will though I have never used it.
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Old 12-02-06, 05:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: Hide X mouse cursor/pointer

The void driver doesn't hide the cursor.

But I, too, am interested in a way to hide the cursor, all I found was a transparency theme, or a code hack like bits->emptyMask = TRUE;.
Any other way?

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Old 12-30-06, 12:50 AM   #6
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Default Re: Hide X mouse cursor/pointer

This might be a simple bandaid:
Create your own mouse pointer icon theme. Make them all blank (fully transparent)...Set your cursor set to your new cursor them and Viola!

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