Hide Mouse Cursor During Slideshow

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HNO3
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Hide Mouse Cursor During Slideshow

Post by HNO3 »

Just created this user account after failing to find any proper answers to my question, which is not to say they're not there, but I did not find them when I went looking around in here, and also in the wider world that Google and others can tap into.

Linux Mint 20.3 Mate on one machine, Linux Mint 20.0 Xfce on another machine. XnView MP Linux, version 1.0 64 bits, on both machines. Identical issue on both machines.

Slideshow works fine, but mouse cursor refuses to hide, and I have yet to find where I might twist a knob somewhere to suppress the cursor during the slideshow. Both as a "new" slideshow, and also as something working from a .sld file, which is what I'd prefer to use, as it works so well as a startup command, every time the machine comes on. Power it up, get the nice slideshow without doing a single thing more, and... very nice. Except the cursor. I was hoping against hope that perhaps somewhere in the header area of the .sld file, I might find a switch to throw, to turn off the cursor, but no joy on that one. Nothing anywhere else, either, so far as I've been able to tell.

Which is a shame, because I just discovered XnView, and it's really a great little program, works fast and well, and uses minimal resources, and the Xfce machine only has 2 gigs of memory, and I'd like to turn it into a dedicated slideshow machine to hook it up to a big 60 inch monitor, and kick a 100,000 frame (yep, one hundred thousand) slideshow running off of a USB external hard drive, which the program has shown it's fully capable of doing without the least issue... except for the cursor that refuses to disappear.

So.

If I have a prayer of getting it sorted out, that would be nice to know.

And if not, that's actually nice to know too, since I won't need to belabor the issue further, attempting that which cannot be done, from first principles.

Kindest thanks in advance, to everyone.
HNO3
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Re: Hide Mouse Cursor During Slideshow

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And a day's worth of digging finally gets to the bottom of things, and in the end, we do not have to annoy the most very excellent people who bring XnView to us, and instead, we can use a little something called 'feh' which is specifically Linux, and works a charm for the slideshow problem I was attempting to solve, using XnView (which remains an excellent program, and I cannot thank the developers and community enough, for all their hard work and time spent).

Install feh (for Debian-based Linuxes) with the command line: sudo apt-get install feh

And then run it, thusly:

feh --recursive --hide-pointer --random --full-screen --scale-down --auto-zoom -q -D 5 /home/test/Desktop/FolderWithSubdirectories

There are shorter versions for the command line I just gave above, but in the interests of making things a little more human-readable for those who might be finding this thing for the first time, I went ahead and used mostly verbose command line arguments, which are further explained in sequence in parentheses, below.

feh (recurse subdirectories) (hide the curser) (show images in random order) (show in full screen view) (scale oversize images to fit screen) (zoom smaller images to fit the screen) (quiet mode no error reporting) (delay of 5 seconds) (directory containing images)

I'm going to leave this here, in case someone else somewhere else might chance across it first, before pestering the XnView community with it, and my thanks once again, to one and all.
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Re: Hide Mouse Cursor During Slideshow

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Great that you could solve your issue yourself, HNO3, and thank you for posting it here.