The openHAB HABpanel we have in the kitchen runs on a Raspberry Pi and uses a touchscreen display. The browser starts in fullscreen mode, and shows a specific HABpanel screen for this display. That’s all nice, but by default the mouse cursor is in the way. Let’s get rid of it.
The Raspbian system which runs on the Pi comes with a package called
unclutter. This hides the curser after a few seconds. All I have to do is install the package, and start the app. Right?
Let’s see if that can be automated. First I install the package, using Ansible:
That part is easy. Starting it requires multiple steps. First I need a
.desktop file containing additional information for the desktop manager:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Hide Mouse Comment=Hide the mouse after a few seconds Exec=/usr/bin/unclutter -display :0 -idle 5 -root -noevents Type=Application Encoding=UTF-8 Terminal=false Categories=None; Path=/home/pi
This hides the mouse cursor after 5 seconds of inactivity. If someone moves the mouse, or touches the screen, the mouse cursor reappears again. The used LXDE provides a folder which will autostart elements in it, once the desktop starts. For that, you need to create a
.config/autostart folder (not there by default) and place the
.desktop file in it:
That’s it. Next time the Pi starts, the mouse cursor disappears after a few seconds.