I remembered that in my early college days in "System Analysis and Design" one of the attributes that makes a good software/os/anything of a system is the principle of least suprise.
Well in one fine day(that is yesterday) the default theme in gnome
(bluecurve) just disappeared(really suprising that ).I tried to change that with gnome-theme-manager and the message popped up -no metacity or gconf not properly configured.
Metacity-what a name-anyway i read the doc pages in /usr/share/doc/metacity-blah/ and got nowhere.
As for gconf-I used to include 'gconf-config --cflags' in makefiles- now what else could have happened here.I checked everything in my power including the stupid gconf-editor(looks like windows registry-one of the million and one reason i hate windows) but i got nowhere.Maybe I missed something.
I tried man gnome-session and man default.session too, and i thought that if i delete everything related to gnome in $HOME (like
.gconf .gnome .gtkrc etc) everything will be ok(still nothing).I reached /etc/gconf and if i know anything it looks allright .I also tried to use /usr/share/themes/bluecurve/gtk/gtkrc but it did not worked.
I also copied /usr/share/gnome/../default.session into $HOME.
Still not working -it looks ugly and really bad.
Now this is beyond me so i thought i should come here.
Incidentally if you have not got it yet my distro is rh9.0