Mouse cursor invisible problem, globally, on laptop, no touchscreen
Submitted by derek
This is a ubuntu15.10 gnome3 installation on laptop, no touchscreen, with normal daily use, browsers, office, and gimp running, and suddenly the cursor disappear, the mouse is still functioning if I move the mouse, or touchpad, and responds to button click, wheel scroll, but without showing cursor, I don't how to use the the mouse, this should be a major issue
I don't know how to reproduce this problem, but I can tell it happens, for a long time since Ubuntu14, I made fresh install of latest stable Ubuntu or Fedora, with gnome3 GUI interface it happens pretty randomly, once or twice every month, and when it happens, I don't know how to fix, or work around
I researched online from another computer, seems it happened in the past, since 2013 or earlier, in different Linux distros, so I don't think this is a distro packing problem, this problem should be unique to gnome3, and most probably in the settings-daemon,
http://askubuntu.com/questions/626078/mouse-cursor-invisible-after-15-04-update http://fedora19issues.blogspot.com/2015/01/cursor-became-invisible-in-fedora-gnome.html http://itsfoss.com/invisible-mouse-cursor-ubuntu-1310/ https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-settings-daemon/+bug/1238410
somebody suggested to set cursor active false, by
gsettings set or
$ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false $ dconf read /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/cursor/active false $ dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/cursor/active true $ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false
In my case, this solution only works 1 time only, or may not work, because the cursor may suddenly comes back after sometime, after I tried all kinds fixes in above links, try set it true, set it false, write it true, set it false, or switch to console by (ctrl+alt+f2) and switch back, power suspend and resume, never know which one fixed the problem; but what's so bad is even I tried all these fixes it may still not work, mouse is still insivible
more solutions like these may fix or may not fix
$ killall gnome-settings-daemon $ gnome-settings-daemon --replace $ sudo service gdm restart
$ # or even somebody suggested a reboot
but the problem is my desktop session got lost, I may have 10+ desktop applications running, I don't want to logout and re-login; neither reboot as the ultimate solution like a silly windows user; I am running the stable version of Gnome3 on stable Linux OS!
could someone give me an effective workaround, tell gnome-settings-daemon not to do any fancy stuff on showing/hiding cursor logic at all?