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Old 01-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #1
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Installing themes in Gnome3.4.2 (Debian)?


hello, I want to install a Shell theme, can someone help me with that? I'm on Gnome3.4.2 in Debian Wheezy. I downloaded the Cloudy theme from gnome-look.org, it comes as a tar.gz. When I try to select it in gnome tweak tool, it's not available. the file selection dialogue will show only .zip files - the tarball is not available for a choice.
 
Old 01-14-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Hi,

Extract the tarball in /usr/share/themes and see if it turns up then in the Gnome Tweak Tool.

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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Hi,

Extract the tarball in /usr/share/themes and see if it turns up then in the Gnome Tweak Tool.

Kind regards,

Eric
Thank you, this works.
Also I found out that extracting the tarball and recompressing it to a .zip file, Gnome Tweak Tool can choose it normally.

I wonder if this limitation is intentional - it seems strange to me that a standard Linux desktop utility would handle .zip files only, if tarballs are so much more common in the *nix world (I think. Don't you?)
What would be the appropriate place to tell the devs of Tweak Tool (not a Bug report I guess)?
 
Old 01-20-2013, 06:27 AM   #4
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customizing themes

It seems to me this is closely enough related, so I'm continuing this thread:
A few elements of my current theme don't go together well: I have generally light colors, mostly different shades of beige throughout.
- When an element is highlighted, it is framed in light blue while the font is white, so it's barely readable.
- Also, checkboxes and "selection dots" (are whatever they're called) in e.g. settings dialogues are also white on a light beige background, i.e. hardly visible. Is there a way to change only these specific elements in a theme, i.e. more specifically, their color (without knowing GTK etc.)?
 
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^^ About themes. Are there any themes for gtk3 that look aesthetic? The default adawaita theme is pure ugliness. I've downloaded some themes from gnome-look.org, some apps look nice, but some apps are styled like windows 98. Only window border look ok.
 
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^^ About themes. Are there any themes for gtk3 that look aesthetic? The default adawaita theme is pure ugliness. I've downloaded some themes from gnome-look.org, some apps look nice, but some apps are styled like windows 98. Only window border look ok.
Very much a question of personal taste, don't you think?
I've found some stuff I really like there. Unfortunately, some features of an app's look can't be changed/improved by the desktop theme - an ugly app will stay so even if surrounded by a beautiful frame...
 
Old 01-23-2013, 07:24 AM   #7
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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Also I found out that extracting the tarball and recompressing it to a .zip file, Gnome Tweak Tool can choose it normally.
Don't go through all that trouble. Extract the tarball to ~/.themes. It's what installing the theme through Tweak Tool does anyway.

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^^ About themes. Are there any themes for gtk3 that look aesthetic? The default adawaita theme is pure ugliness. I've downloaded some themes from gnome-look.org, some apps look nice, but some apps are styled like windows 98. Only window border look ok.
Likely the Windows 98 looking program is a GTK+ 2 program, and the theme does not include a GTK+ 2 version of the theme.
 
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