May 26, 2018

Small X11 utility to hide the mouse pointer when unused

hhpc is an utility that hides the mouse pointer in X11. It functions by grabbing your mouse pointer at startup and replacing its bitmap with an empty one thus hiding it. Then, it waits for the X server to notify it when a user tries to move or click the pointer. At this point, hhpc relinquishes control, replays the action the user just tried to execute and waits for the specified number of seconds flag -i before trying to grab the pointer and hide it again.

Should hhpc not work out for you, unclutter is a good alternative. hhpc was created because unclutter doesn’t seem to interoperate properly with hardware accelerated surfaces like those of video players using VAAPI.

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