Finding the cursor

Ilya Anfimov ilan at
Wed Oct 14 02:57:22 PDT 2015

On Fri, Oct 09, 2015 at 10:33:23PM -0400, Alan Corey wrote:
> I don't think I posted this before.
> The cursor changes depending what it's over, and if you've got
> something like an 1920x1080 screen full of mostly rxvt windows then
> most of the time it's an I-beam.  That can be hard to spot if you've
> looked away or been away.  MS Windows, XP at least, has an option to
> go to a big cursor if you do something like hold down a ctrl key by
> itself for more than 2 seconds.  The activating keystroke could be
> different but is there an easy way to do that with X?  Something so
> the application-specified cursor gets overridden temporarily and you
> get a cursor that jumps out at you?  Big, animated, flashing,
> something that doesn't blend into the desktop?  Then back to normal
> once you let go of that key.
> I spend about 99% of my time in X these days, there isn't much I'd
> change.  Window manager of choice is rxvt, OS is OpenBSD.

 It  looks like GNOME creates new animated window at cursor loca-
tion. This should be easy to implement  in  independent  app  (or
just use oneko as a substitution).

 However,  exactly  enlarging cursor shape or changing it's color
is a tough task -- as there is no easy way to get current  cursor
in X11.
 Someone  could  try  to use RECORD extension to catch all create
cursor and set window attributes calls, but this is extremely ug-

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