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My os is ubuntu 13.10, I use the following code to remove the kde desktop installed before:

  sudo apt-get purge kde*

And then use the following code to install gnome 3.10:

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next && sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After all these were done, I restart my computer and can not find my cursor in Unity while all things are ok in Gnome. I want to find the cursor in Unity, what should I do? Any help or suggestions will be appreciated!

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This seems to be a known problem of installing GNOME 13.10. Please have a look at this: – cshubhamrao Apr 19 '14 at 7:48
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Try this, it works for almost all people I could find:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false

Source: the bugzilla entry of this bug: 694758

From the bug entry, what I could conclude, this command works because it disables the cursor plugin of the gnome-settings-daemon. Quoting Comment 14 of the bug:

(...) looks like mouse pointer plugin is failing to reactivate pointer (anyway, I don't fully understand why the pointer is made hidden when devices like a touchpad are available and no touchscreen one is present)

From Gentoo's GNOME 3.8 Upgrade Guide's Troubleshooting section:

(...) This [command] will prevent the mouse pointer to become invisible and not come back even not running a touchscreen.

Just for a little more knowledge, this is not a GNOME bug, Quoting Comment 18 (from the same bug report):

There were bugs in the XSync protocol (used to determine which input device was used last) and in the QXL driver that didn't show a cursor in some cases. (...)

Launchpad bug LP#1238410 confirms it.

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Can you explain why this works? – Eden Harder Apr 19 '14 at 9:49
@EdenHarder please see the Updated answer. I should have added the explanation and the sources much before as you wanted answer from credible and/or official sources. My fault. – cshubhamrao Apr 20 '14 at 10:34

try this :

sudo apt-get install unity-desktop && sudo apt-get install unity

then remove what you have installed before by -

sudo add-apt-repository--remove ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-get purge gnome-shell
sudo apt-get purge gnome-documents gnome-contacts epiphany-browser gnome-boxes gnome-shell-extensions gnome-tweak-tool bijiben gnome-clocks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot

hope it helped you.

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Thanks! I have tried this method but not help. – Eden Harder Apr 19 '14 at 9:50

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