Reset system wide cursor theme

If you installed KDE in ubuntu (GNOME based), you may have noticed that when you log back into GNOME, you keep the KDE cursor theme. To fix this, use update-alternatives like so:

$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
There are 7 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ * 0 /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme 50 auto mode 1 /etc/X11/cursors/core.theme 30 manual mode 2 /etc/X11/cursors/handhelds.theme 20 manual mode 3 /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme 50 manual mode 4 /etc/X11/cursors/redglass.theme 20 manual mode 5 /etc/X11/cursors/whiteglass.theme 20 manual mode 6 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme 30 manual mode 7 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme 50 manual mode Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

press “7? for the default

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3 Responses

  1. de reditu says:

    sudo apt-get install galternatives

  2. Vidyasagar N says:

    I could kiss you, if you were/are a girl. The KDE cursor theme was driving me nuts. Thanks for posting this.

  3. linkingeek says:

    Well important thing to all these commands to work is remove compiz which will also remove unity, otherwise you will observe black cursor only

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