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I went here and downloaded a theme named Ubuntaero_v1.0. Then I extracted the files to /usr/share/icons. After rebooting the system, the default cursor theme remains, except when moving the mouse over some applications' windows, such as KeepassX.

However, when I take a screenshot of that same window, the outcome shows the default cursor again.

Then I went to terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

The ubuntaero theme is not listed. It seems I am missing something in installing a cursor theme. What could it be?

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See if this question helps. – user25656 Oct 22 '12 at 3:09
Hello, not really, I've tried different methods but none of them make a consistent change in all applications. The closest I've been to that was to follow these instructions, given by Dennis N, making use of "galternatives". All cursors were changed to aero except the main one, which turned into a black cursor. Also the main cursor remained the default DMZ-white in some windows, for example when an app is asking for password. Install a mouse theme is proving to be much more complicated and time wasting than it should... – Neptunno Oct 22 '12 at 19:03

First of all, change the permission of extracted directory (including sub-directories and files) to 755:

sudo chmod -R 755 cursors/

Then change the theme presented in /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme to your Cursor theme

Then Select it in gnome-tweak-tool

I've tried every instructions and it didn't work (default Arrow cursor remained DMZ-White), until i changed the permission.

Hope it helps.

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Actually it is "index.theme" . – seed Nov 28 '12 at 22:30

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