How to load a GTK 2.x theme with a command line or shell script?
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So you're looking for a single command that will change the theme in any desktop environment that uses GTK? If so I think you're looking for something that doesn't exist. GNOME uses gnome-settings-daemon to change the theme currently in use. Other desktop environments will use something else.
Now I think about it I'm guessing dugan's suggestion might work if you log out and in again, but I've not tried.
ok, i tried doing this dugan but it didn't work... i did as you said and now my gtkrc-2.0 file contains this
but my theme has not changed. and applications that i start afterwards are still in the old theme. i tried logging out and back in and still Clearlooks is not my theme even if my gtkrc-2.0 file says so..