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#1 2020-05-06 13:40:45

PmGs
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Registered: 2020-05-06
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Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

Hi everybody,

This is my first post on this forum. I posted this message on debian-en.org, and "nam1962" advised me to post it here.

I am managing the laptop (HP 17-e1185f-) of a visually impaired person. During the first installation (Debian 9 / Gnome) I easily increased the mouse size from 16 to 48.
For reasons of standardization with other workstations/users of the same "group" I recently switched to Xfce. And there, changing the mouse size in the settings has no effect! I upgraded to debian 10, same problem! Note that under other Xfce PCs this does not pose a problem, but "Murphy's law", the problem is on the workstation of the only visually impaired person in this group.
I analyzed the Xfce parameters and on this computer only I have the following additional parameters:
9) pointers
/USB_Optical_Mouse/Acceleration 2
/USB_Optical_Mouse/Properties/Device_Enabled 1
/USB_Optical_Mouse/ReverseScrolling false
/USB_Optical_Mouse/RightHanded true
/USB_Optical_Mouse/Threshold 4
that I don't see in the "GUI". If I set to 0 Device_Enabled, the mouse doesn't work immediately, so these settings are active.

For information, I have 2 themes installed (defaut & Adwaita) and the problem occurs on both.

And so some questions (I discover Xfce)

    How does Xfce construct these parameters?
    why these parameters on this computer only, I have 3 other computers, laptop with also touch pad and an optical mouse, which do not have these parameters?
    I don't see any error in the logs, did I look wrong?
    Where can I find a doc concerning these parameters?
    What would be the parameter size in this laptop to add to change the size?
    And any other information that might give me a lead...

    Thank you in advance.

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Last edited by PmGs (2020-05-06 13:44:39)

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#2 2020-05-06 15:42:13

alcornoqui
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Registered: 2014-07-28
Posts: 761

Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

Hello, and welcome to the forum! Searching the bug tracker I see a reference to it possibly being fixed in Xfce 4.13.

What version of Xfce and the Mouse Settings app are you using? Check it with:

xfce4-mouse-settings -v

It works for me with xfce4-mouse-settings 4.14.3 (Xfce 4.14).

A search in this very forum turned up this post, referenced elsewhere as a possible solution.

I can't answer any of the questions on your list, though, but I agree with nam1962, you're in the right place to get them answered!

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#3 2020-05-06 15:55:27

eriefisher
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Registered: 2008-10-25
Posts: 253

Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

Have a look in Settings>>Mouse and Touchpad>>Theme>>Cursor Size.

XVLFJx2.png


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#4 2020-05-06 16:06:01

PmGs
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

eriefisher : I know this setting, but it does not work on this host

alcornoqui : THANKS, the version is xfce4-mouse-settings 4.12.4 (Xfce 4.12) , I'll see if I can install 4.14.3 (Xfce 4.14) with debian 10.

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#5 2020-05-06 16:47:58

eriefisher
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

I am using version 4.14.2, Xfce4 4.14. It might be wise to update XFCE4 to version 4.14. A lot of fixes/changes from 4.12 to 4.14.


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#6 2020-05-06 16:52:02

PmGs
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

4.12.5 is the last version in Debian 10 (Backports)
Does someone know if we can install Xfce 4.14 in debian 10? and how?
Thanks in advance.

Last edited by PmGs (2020-05-06 17:40:52)

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#7 2020-05-06 18:07:24

eriefisher
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

MX-19 has 4.14 installed by default and they are debian stable base. You might try their repos. I think it's available in debian testing as well.

https://mxlinux.org/wiki/system/repos-mx-19/

Last edited by eriefisher (2020-05-06 18:16:57)


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#8 2020-05-06 23:09:02

alcornoqui
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

eriefisher wrote:

MX-19 has 4.14 installed by default and they are debian stable base. You might try their repos. I think it's available in debian testing as well.

https://mxlinux.org/wiki/system/repos-mx-19/

I think you're right, here are detailed instructions from a member of the MX team.

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#9 2020-05-08 14:21:10

PmGs
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

WONDERFUL ... easy to install and it's solved the pb.

Thanks a lot.

PS : I did not find how to mark the post solved.

Last edited by PmGs (2020-05-08 14:22:33)

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#10 2020-05-09 09:27:24

alcornoqui
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Re: Cannot change mouse size in Xfce (Debian 9 or 10)

That's great, glad it worked!

To mark the post as solved just edit the tile and prepend a big fat [SOLVED] there wink

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