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Fixing awesome's mouse cursor

Getting awesome to use the GTK2 and cursor theme you want it to is a matter of simply creating a file named .gtkrc-2.0 in your home and setting the theme there.

gtk-theme-name="Your-Theme"
gtk-cursor-theme-name="Your-Cursor-Theme"

Setting the GTK3 theme is as simple, but the file is ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini.

Most GTK apps honor that setting. But X has a default cursor that is used for non-GTK apps. That, annoyingly, includes the desktop background. In order to get X to use the same cursor, you have to run one additional command:

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

That will present you with a list of cursor themes to choose from. Pick your favorite, restart your session and you're set.

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