Mouse pointer in FC3

Ross A. Osborn rosborn61 at
Sat Dec 17 16:57:07 UTC 2005

James Wilkinson wrote:

>>My mouse pointer frequently changes to being solid black which then makes
>>it almost invisible on a dark background.  Two application that I know of
>>that make this happen are gvim and mutt.  These both make the cursor 
>akonstam at replied:
>>I am not sure what the problem is but I can't understand what the
>>mouse pointer has to do with mutt? Can you enlighten me?
>Ross then wrote:
>>Mutt is one of the applications that I use that will make the mouse
>>pointer turn solid black.
>It's highly unlikely to be anything to do with mutt. Mutt doesn't have
>anything to do with the mouse: it doesn't understand it in the
>What's probably causing the effect is the terminal emulator you're
>using, interacting with your X server.
>Since gvim does it as well, I'd be inclined to blame your X server.
>Which X server are you using? Which version of are you using (are
>you up to date)?
I use yum on a regular basis to keep up to date (FC3).  RPM reports the 

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Mutt is running in a gnome-terminal.  I spend a lot of time at the 
command line in other
terminal windows without ever seeing this effect.   Mutt of course uses 
the terminal in
a much different way than I do when working from bash.

At work, mutt and gvim are 100% effective at causing this.  Other things 
seem to cause
it as well but I don't notice until the pointer is against a dark 
background so I frequently
don't know exactly when the change occurred.  At home, it happens but 
not 100% of
the time. 


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