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Ambiance-blue seems to be a another GTK "mandatory alternative" theme for firefox

Posted 10-22-2016 at 11:43 PM by the dsc
Updated 10-22-2016 at 11:48 PM by the dsc

Firefox lately hasn't been working quite properly with any other theme than Adwaita, GTK3's default. Even Debian's firefox (now firefox again), even though it's still GTK2, somehow, apparently.

The main (perhaps only) problem is that "tooltips" will be black on black, both UI tooltips and alo the "native" tooltip when you hover a link.

If one doesn't hate Adwaita more than one hates not having legible tooltips, then firefox can be run as

GTK_THEME=Adwaita firefox

or, for firefoxes still on GTK2,

GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/gtkrc firefox

(or Ambiance-blue as a possible alternative, for now)


Since such GTK default themes will change not only the widgettery but fonts and everything, at least for GTK2 you can keep some of your GUI customizations (such as fonts) with a custom .rc file:

GTK2_RC_FILES=~/.gtkrc-ff firefox

Where you keep anything you want from your custom gtkrc and change only the theme-name line:

Code:
style "user-font" 
{
	font_name="Liberation Sans Regular"
}
widget_class "*" style "user-font"
gtk-font-name="Liberation Sans Regular 8"
gtk-theme-name="Ambiance-blue"
gtk-icon-theme-name="ultra-flat-icons"
gtk-fallback-icon-theme="breeze"
gtk-cursor-theme-name="DMZWhiteLH"
gtk-toolbar-style=GTK_TOOLBAR_BOTH_HORIZ
gtk-menu-images=1
gtk-button-images=1
gtk-primary-button-warps-slider=false


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Earlier today I was typing "poweroff" with one hand as I was putting on one shoe with another, and accidentally I typed "powerfoo". Someone should release such an app.
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