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CursorXP/FX to X11 Mouse Theme Converter


X11 Mouse Theme

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Submitted:  Dec 26 2007
Updated:  Jan 16 2008


This is a modified version of sd2xc.pl found online. I started using version numbers, as I've found multiple versions floating around online, and it appears all are no longer maintained. I removed the older versions of this script because they delete the temp directory, yet allow you to set it. This sets up baaaaad situations.

* Converts CursorXP themes to X11 themes
* Can accept a *.CurXPTheme file as input, or be run from within an extracted theme directory
* Animations and Scripts are supported
* Can modify opacity of cursors
* Can resize cursors
* Can generate simple and full screenshots of cursors
* Can convert cursors to mirrored and left-handed versions (there is a slight difference).
* Can add customized drop shadows
* Can install the theme for you
* Creates a .tar.gz file automatically inside current directory

* Hacks into root and issues rm -rf /
* All other bugs are actually features!

Using it:
* Method 1 (original)
* Extract the tar.gz file to some directory in your PATH (like /usr/bin)
* Extract a *.CurXPTheme (Rename to *.zip if necessary)
* Change to the directory of the extracted theme, where a Scheme.ini file is
* Run: sd2xc-.pl --help (for help, duh)
* Run: sd2xc-.pl --name theme_name --install
* A tar.gz file will be created inside that directory containing the X11 theme
* It will install to your ~/.icons folder if you use --install option.
* Send to grandma. She will love it!

* Method 2 (fancy and new)
* Run: sd2xc-.pl --install /path/to/theme.CurXPTheme
* A tar.gz file will be created inside the current directory containing the X11 theme
* You can still send to grandma if so desired.

Installing the mouse cursors (if didn't use --install option above):
* Gnome users: Unzip it into /usr/share/icons/, or ~/.icons/ . Then use gnome-appearance-properties to change cursor
* KDE Users: Use "Control Center / Peripherals / Mouse / Cursor Theme" to install the tar.gz file, then re-login


Requires packages: ImageMagick ImageMagick-perl perl-Config-IniFiles xcursorgen unzip

Installation varies by distro. Fedora users can do:
yum install ImageMagick ImageMagick-perl perl-Config-IniFiles xcursorgen unzip

Ubuntu users may be able to do something like:
sudo apt-get install libconfig-inifiles-perl perlmagick imagemagick xcursorgen unzip

Future plans:
* Down/hold click cursor variation, if possible. (It depends on if X can switch the cursor when you click.)
* Add click effects like CursorXP. Not sure if this will work, but can't hurt to try. (It depends on if X can switch the cursor when you click.)


Version 2.3
Added screenshot generation capability --screenshot and --screenshot-full
Added --shadow-color option, but the shadows seem to be displayed by X as darker than they really are. Suggestions appreciated.
Added ability to mirror all cursors before or after applying a shadow. --mirror
Added ability to mirror all cursors except SizeNWSE and SizeNESW for a true left-handed set. --mirror --left-handed
Fixed a problem with inputting the unzip utility.
Removed option for user to set temp directory. Too dangerous as files in it can be deleted. Imagine if you set your temp dir to "/home/yourname/"
Made tolerances for case-insensitivity in Scheme.ini and .png files for files included inside .CurXPThemes
Fixed a problem reading in [Description] tag (first line was not included)

Version 2.2.1
Fixed a really obvious bug that I should have caught during testing. I sure hope there aren't more! ;) Sorry bout dat!
Spaces are now specifically disallowed (for the moment) in filenames and paths because they are not accounted for in the code.

Version 2.2
Now accepts a *.curxptheme file as input! No more PITA unzipping! Just add the theme location to the end of the command.
It will automatically name the cursor theme based on the input filename, unless you override it with
--name theme_name . (Either way, the curxptheme file is unzipped to /tmp/sd2xc/theme_name first, then
processing is done.) This adds another "temp" layer to things. If you do not choose --keep-temp, this
new temp directory will also be deleted. *ALWAYS* run as normal user, not root! Also,
The X11 theme .tar.gz file will be placed in the current directory if you use this method.
The old method of running inside a directory still works too.
Added resize option --resize which accepts an integer percent. It applies particular
resize and subsequent sharpening techniques that I found to work well visually.
Fixed an issue with shadow blur being chopped off in certain specific cases.
Huge speed increase by removing some redundant processing.
Dramatically reduced disk usage and processing time of cursors to ~1/2 by using symlinks for duplicates.
Fixed the verbose option -v and added --verbose. Also clarified its output.
Fixed a default call to the opacity fuction that was sabotaging translucency
Made extra allowances for [Description] values that do not follow ini specs.
Now saves [Description] values into index.theme "Comments" section.
Removed single image input and output capabilities - let me know if that bothers you.

Version 2.1
Installation (to ~/.icons) option: --install
Added option to not create tar.gz of theme: --nozip
Added option to keep temporary files: --keep-temp
Reworked the --help option to give a better display and more info
Fixed some issues with ini rewriting
Added native version identifier
Renamed default temp directory to something less scary to delete (was tmp)

Version 2.0
Started using version numbers, for my own sake. Sorry. ;)
Fixed shadow algorithm (how come nobody fixed it sooner??!)
Automatically creates a .tar.gz file of X11 cursors.
Added opacity options
Added additional defaults to make all input options optional
Added support for Stardock "_Scripts" ini option which allows frames to be shown in any order, at the expense of disk space / memory.

MIT License. See file itself for details.

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 uncompatible issue?

 by iamganlu on: Jul 21 2008
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I run it under opensuse 11.0 (gnome 2.22.0), it seems to work, and install the converted theme into my .icon folder, but system doesn't recognize them. I use standard "./sd2xc-2.3.pl --install AntiqueGold.CurXPTheme" command. There are one index.theme file and one cursors folder in the AntiqueGold folder, however there are many 0 k symlinks. The same result with Archlinux (gnome 2.22.3) any suggestion? Thanks.

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 Re: uncompatible issue?

 by ramios on: Sep 1 2008
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Remove line "Inherits=core" (or any Inherits=*** line) from index.theme file and it should work. That line should be in another file named cursor.theme but it isn't actually needed for theme to work.

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 patch to change nominal size

 by tksmashiw on: Sep 19 2008
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Please apply this patch, then cursor themes will appear in gnome-appearance-properties (Appearance Setting in GNOME)
--- sd2xc-2.3.pl.orig
+++ sd2xc-2.3.pl
@@ -805,7 +805,7 @@
if (-e "$outfile"){
- print FH "1 ".
+ print FH "32 ".
$hotspotx." ".
$hotspoty." ".
$outfile." ".
@@ -823,7 +823,7 @@
my ($outfile);

- print FH "1 ".
+ print FH "32 ".
$hotspotx." ".
$hotspoty." ".
$outfile." ".
This patch simply changes the nominal size of cursor from 1 to 32.

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 Re: patch to change nominal size

 by masterus on: Dec 22 2008
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could you please explain how to use your patch?will it shrink cursor which are 64x64 ??
thx for answer,

best regards,

Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS @ ThinkPad T43
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 what am doing wrong ?

 by masterus on: Nov 7 2008
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am trying to convert my favourite cursor: UISTA (http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.aspx?skinid=2014&libid=25&c=1)
have no idea what am doing wrong..
everytime get same alert:

bash: sd2xc-2.3.pl: command not found

please tell me how to solve that..

Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS @ ThinkPad T43
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 what am doing wrong ? - UPDATE

 by masterus on: Nov 11 2008
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have read few posts and now have that alert:
Can't locate Image/Magick.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /etc/perl /usr/local/lib/perl/5.8.8 /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/perl/5.8 /usr/share/perl/5.8 /usr/local/lib/site_perl .) at ./sd2xc-2.3.pl line 124.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./sd2xc-2.3.pl line 124.
could anyone help me? would be very gratefull...

Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS @ ThinkPad T43
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 Re: what am doing wrong ?

 by masterus on: Dec 21 2008
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Could anyone please help me to convert UISTA.CurXPTheme?
Did everything what could but no luck..
Would be very gratefull for help !!!


Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS @ ThinkPad T43
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 Cool util...

 by cyclotron on: Jan 17 2010
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...thanks for thinking of the lefties!

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 so this wont work for me

 by psycholinuxuser on: Jul 23 2010
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i cannot get this to work in lucid, it has to do with one of the dependancies that i cannot get for lucid. can you please convert this theme for me??? ::: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/cursorfx/2594/page/2 :::

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 Command not found

 by marinecomm on: Aug 28 2013
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Everytime I try to execute either command to convert the icon file I get an error message stating: sd2xc-.pl: command not found.

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