Bspwm: cursor theme doesn't apply properly

Hello again,

another question regarding the Bspwm edition. When I set a cursor theme via Xfce Appearance, the theme applies, but only when the cursor is over a window. Over the desktop it reverts to the default cursor. When I set the cursor theme with lxappearance, it applies correctly but doesn't keep the setting after reboot. A minor issue, I know, but what am I doing wrong here?

Thank you
p2501

inxi -Faz:

System:
  Kernel: 5.15.10-hardened1-1-hardened x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
    v: 11.1.0 parameters: pti=on page_alloc.shuffle=1
    BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-hardened
    root=UUID=76975dcf-98db-4177-8706-cced970f0dd1 rw [email protected]
    ipv6.disable=1 quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3
    vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1
    resume=UUID=b62d11c9-77f6-468c-a267-95206ded8395 loglevel=3
    ipv6.disable=1
  Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: bspwm 0.9.10
    vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: B550 AORUS PRO V2 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Gigabyte model: B550 AORUS PRO V2 v: x.x
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends v: F12
    date: 01/18/2021
Battery:
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech M570 serial: <filter> charge: 95%
    rechargeable: yes status: Discharging
CPU:
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 3
    family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x21 (33) stepping: 0 microcode: 0xA201009
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB
    L3: 32 MiB desc: 1x32 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2991 high: 3559 min/max: 2200/4850 boost: enabled
    scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2818 2: 3135
    3: 2827 4: 2865 5: 2838 6: 2863 7: 2858 8: 3559 9: 3554 10: 2953 11: 2802
    12: 2813 13: 2809 14: 2822 15: 2802 16: 3540 bogomips: 121410
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full AMD retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
    IBRS_FW, STIBP: always-on, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GA106 [GeForce RTX 3060 Lite Hash Rate] vendor: ZOTAC
    driver: nvidia v: 495.46 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 0a:00.0
    chip-ID: 10de:2504 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.21.1.2 compositor: picom v: git-c4107
    driver: loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting
    alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1600x1200 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 423x318mm (16.7x12.5")
    s-diag: 529mm (20.8")
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1600x1200 hz: 60 dpi: 100
    size: 408x306mm (16.1x12.0") diag: 510mm (20.1")
  Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
Audio:
  Device-1: NVIDIA vendor: ZOTAC driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    bus-ID: 0a:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:228e class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: Gigabyte
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 0c:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487
    class-ID: 0403
  Device-3: RODE Microphones RØDE NT-USB Mini type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-6.3:4 chip-ID: 19f7:0015
    class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter>
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.10-hardened1-1-hardened running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.42 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8125 2.5GbE vendor: Gigabyte driver: r8169 v: kernel
    port: f000 bus-ID: 08:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8125 class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 571.04 GiB (30.7%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Corsair
    model: Corsair MP600 PRO XT size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: EIFM31.2 temp: 33.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 1.75 TiB size: 1.75 TiB (100.00%)
    used: 571.04 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 1.75 TiB size: 1.75 TiB (100.00%)
    used: 571.04 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 1.75 TiB size: 1.75 TiB (100.00%)
    used: 571.04 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 1.75 TiB size: 1.75 TiB (100.00%)
    used: 571.04 GiB (31.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 69.09 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3
  ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 62.82 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
    dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 37.4 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 44 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0%
Info:
  Processes: 366 Uptime: 23m wakeups: 3 Memory: 62.82 GiB
  used: 3.41 GiB (5.4%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1612 lib: 366 flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash
  v: 5.1.12 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.11

Hi. I'll try once again, but this time I'm close to hopeless :blush:

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Arch wiki is your friend.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/bspwm#Configuration

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Cursor_themes#Change_X_shaped_default_cursor

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Okay, none of these links helped this time but thanks anyway. :slight_smile: In the end it was the Arch Wiki that had some help in store tho:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Cursor_themes#X_resources
The only thing that helped was setting it system wide via XDG spec.

[quote="p2501, post:4, topic:15957"]
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Cursor_themes#X_resources
The only thing that helped was setting it system wide via XDG spec.

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It was only a different chapter of the same article.
Although it might seem a detail, we encourage to mark as solution the post which gives you the right idea or starting point, not its implementation, which is anyway good to be reported for future users ending up here after a search.

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