Use DMZ-Red mouse cursor as default

Find a download site for the DMZ-Red mouse cursor theme and download the tarball to ~/140570-Cursors.tar.gz.

Expand it under /usr/local and fix permissions :

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/icons
cd /usr/local/share/icons
sudo tar xvzf ~/140570-Cursors.tar.gz
sudo chmod -R go-w DMZ-Red

Edit the *.theme files so that they look like this :

$ cat /usr/local/share/icons/DMZ-Red/cursor.theme
[Icon Theme]

$ cat /usr/local/share/icons/DMZ-Red/index.theme 
[Icon Theme]
Name=DMZ (Red)

Link into /usr/share/icons :

sudo ln -s /usr/local/share/icons/DMZ-Red /usr/share/icons

Configure as system-wide default :

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Red/cursor.theme 100

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

The last command should come up with a list of choices and a prompt similar to this :

There are 4 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme).

  Selection    Path                                     Priority   Status
* 0            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Red/cursor.theme     100       auto mode
  1            /usr/share/icons/Adwaita/cursor.theme     90        manual mode
  2            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme   30        manual mode
  3            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Red/cursor.theme     100       manual mode
  4            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme   50        manual mode

Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

In XFCE, the “Settings – Mouse and Touchpad – Theme” dialog should look like this :


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