Mouse pointer in FC3
Ross A. Osborn
rosborn61 at comcast.net
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 trinity.edu 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 x.org are you using (are
>you up to date)?
I use yum on a regular basis to keep up to date (FC3). RPM reports the
Name : xorg-x11 Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : 6.8.2 Vendor: Red Hat, Inc.
Release : 1.FC3.45.2 Build Date: Fri 23 Sep 2005
02:33:50 AM EDT
Install Date: Sat 24 Sep 2005 12:25:39 AM EDT Build Host:
Group : User Interface/X Source RPM:
Size : 39866418 License: MIT/X11, and others
Signature : DSA/SHA1, Fri 23 Sep 2005 11:06:35 AM EDT, Key ID
Packager : Red Hat, Inc. <http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla>
URL : http://xorg.freedesktop.org
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
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