[kde-linux] Anyway to have KDE hide mouse pointer when keyboard in use?

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Fri Jul 27 08:44:37 UTC 2007

david wrote:
> david wrote:
>> dick wrote:
>>> James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>>>> Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
>>>>> On Thursday 26 July 2007, James Richard Tyrer <tyrerj at acm.org> wrote 
>>>>> about 'Re: [kde-linux] Anyway to have KDE hide mouse pointer when keyboard 
>>>>> in	use?':
>>>>>> david wrote:
>>>>>>> I once used a Mac on which the mouse pointer politely disappeared
>>>>>>> while you were using the keyboard. Can I get the same functionality in
>>>>>>> KDE?
>>>>>> This sounds like an interesting idea.  However, I think that it would be
>>>>>> X11 that would have to do this since it controls the mouse and keyboard
>>>>>> when you are running in graphics mode.
>>>>> Well, konsole is smart enough to hide mouse cursors that are over it while 
>>>>> you are typing into it.  (So, what the OP wants is most likely possible.) 
>>>>> However, if you move keyboard focus off the main widget (e.g. into the 
>>>>> toolbar) the mouse pointer comes back.
>>>> Konsole is an Xterm clone and it emulates text mode.  Note that it has a 
>>>> text mode mouse pointer which and only be used for limited purposes.
>>>> The question here is whether KWin can do what you want which is to 
>>>> change the mouse pointer to a transparent blank when it hasn't been used 
>>>> for a certain length of time.
>>> In Debian, at least, there is a package called unclutter that does this.
>>> I don't believe it's part of KDE though.
>> Thank you, I just installed it and it works just fine.
> Except for one minor thing - I have no idea how long it's supposed to 
> consider the pointer "inactive" and make it hide. The pointer hasn't 
> been moved for about 10 minutes now, but it still hasn't been hidden ...

Ah, I see. It's a command line program that you have to run each time - 
guess I better learn how to make such a thing run on startup ... Also, I 
use Debian's multiple desktops feature, and unclutter by default only 
seems to effect the pointer on the desktop that was active when I ran 
unclutter. Another thing to puzzle out from the usual man page ... 		

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