I am not using a mouse in the installation of the Raspberry Pi. However, the cursor shows up right in the center of the screen. Ideally I would like it to be there for 5 seconds, then disappear. Or have it only appear when the mouse is plugged in.

I have poked around a bit and have not found a way to make it time out. Is there such a setting in Raspbian?

  • This works as described. Run as shell command, add "&" to end of command to release shell (which will also allow the exec to run free, must end with 'kill' command thereafter). Nice and simple. Day 5 with RPi, going well. Mar 6, 2013 at 6:53

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There is an application for this called unclutter. It will hide your mouse after a set time if there is no activity.

I'm not a Debian user, but it looks to me as if it is on the repositories:

sudo apt-get install unclutter

If not then you can get the source from their website and build it yourself.

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