Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 99225
Xterm does no longer honour pointer color resources
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:55:41 EDT
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Description of problem:
The pointer color related resources for xterm are no longer honoured
(pointerColor, pointerColorBackground). They simply do nothing as well as it
does nothing starting xterm with the -ms <color> option.
The bug appeared in RH9. It makes finding the pointer on crowded desktop very
hard and it is particularly nasty with emacs windows where the combination of
the emacs pointer shape and the lack of color makes the pointer extermely hard
to spot on high resolution displays.
Checked on two laptops with ATI and NVidia cards and one desktop with an ATI card
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.start a xterm with "xterm -ms <color>" or set the
2.move the pointer on the xterm
3.verify that the color doesn't change to the set value
Actual Results: The pointer color setting is ignored
Expected Results: The pointer foreground and background colors should switch to
the set values when the pointer is moved on the xterm window
Red Hat ships xterm stock, with only security fixes applied. If this is a
real bug in xterm or it's default configuration, it is a stock xterm bug
and should be reported to the upstream author via http://bugs.xfree86.org
After reporting your bug upstream, if you include the URL to the report
here, I can track the upstream author's response and resolution. If the
author agrees that it is a bug, and applies a fix for it to CVS, I can
apply a patch to our xterm for future releases as well.
Please provide the upstream bug report URL for tracking.
I opened a bug report as suggested at xfree86. The bug number is 507 and
the url is below
Thanks, I'll track the upstream bug now.
Changing bug status to match upstream bug resolution (NOTABUG).