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Simple XLib program to highlight the cursor position. This is similar to the feature found in Windows XP (and possibly later?)

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Installation

Compile it by typing make, install it with make install. There packages for some platforms as well.

You'll need to install some X11 header files on some systems; e.g. on Ubuntu/Debian: libx11-dev, libxcomposite-dev, libxdamage-dev, and libxrender-dev.

There is also a Docker container at klo2k/find-cursor if you want it. Note this is NOT maintained (or supported) by me. See #19.

Usage

See find-cursor -h to see some options for controlling the appearance.

Launching

You will want to map a key in your window manager to run find-cursor. You can also use xbindkeys, which should work with $any window manager.

I run it with xcape:

xcape -e 'Control_L=Escape;Shift_L=KP_Add'

When Left Shift is tapped a Keypad Add is sent; I configured my window manager to launch find-cursor with that.

I don't have a numpad on my keyboard; you can also use F13 or some other unused key.

You can use a little wrapper script if you want a "toggle" switch for when repeating forever:

#!/bin/sh
if pgrep find-cursor; then
    pkill find-cursor
else
    find-cursor -r0 &
fi

Compton

You may want to disable shadows if you use compton or some other composite manager; for example for compton start it with:

compton --shadow-exclude "class_g = 'find-cursor'"

Or, perhaps even better, disable it for all shaped windows:

compton --shadow-exclude 'bounding_shaped'

You can also put that in the compton config file. Other managers might have different options/flags.

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