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Old 12-03-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question How to get new widget themes to use on Cinnamon? (NOT Cinnamon nor Metacity themes!)


I honestly find myself a bit daft for asking this but...

I can easily find themes for the Cinnamon menu and panel.
And I can get a bunch of Metacity themes for the windows' decorations/borders.

BUT... I can find no way to add more themes to the widgets i.e. the windows contents' controls. From Settings -> Themes I can go to the Other Settings tab and get a choice between two Controls themes: Adwaita or Mint-X. They are both OK but not quite what I want. And I can't figure out what I need to get let alone where to place it if I got it...
I thought some GTK3 theme would be the answer but after installing gtk3-engines-oxygen from the Linux Mint Debian Edition repositories I got nothing new on my list of Controls themes.

It feels really weird that it is easy to customise the look of the Cinnamon menu and panel as well as the windows' decorations but I can't customise the most important thing: the look and feel of the stuff I actually use everyday: the controls inside the applications' windows.

Can someone point me to the right direction?
TIA
 
Old 12-03-2014, 08:08 PM   #2
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Check out gnome-look.org for some GTK+3 themes, you extract the tarball them to .themes under your home directory, or for all users copy the files to /usr/share/themes.

Code:
cd ~/.themes
tar xf filename
or, globally, as root:

Code:
cd /usr/share/themes
tar xf filename
Some themes use .deb packages, so as root:

Code:
dpkg -i filename
 
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

But the gtk3-engines-oxygen package got installed to /usr/share/themes and nothing is shown about it in any of Cinnamon Themes windows settings.
I copied it to ~/.themes with user permissions and still nothing is shown anywhere.

Is there some command to manually update the list of themes or something?

Or ... ?
 
Old 12-04-2014, 08:06 PM   #4
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Oxygen is just an engine, it will not show up in the list of themes. It requires a theme to make use of the engine.

Yes, it is unfortunate that they package an engine without a supporting theme, but that's how it is.
 
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #5
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Well, I thought the LMDE package I installed did include a theme, or at least so I gathered from the output of dpkg -L:
Code:
$ dpkg -L gtk3-engines-oxygen
/.
/usr
/usr/lib
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gtk-3.0
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gtk-3.0/3.0.0
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gtk-3.0/3.0.0/theming-engines
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gtk-3.0/3.0.0/theming-engines/liboxygen-gtk.so
/usr/share
/usr/share/themes
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/gtk.css
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/icons4
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/kdeglobals
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/oxygenrc
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/argb-apps.conf
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/special-icons
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/special-icons/standardbutton-closetab-16.png
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/special-icons/standardbutton-closetab-down-16.png
/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-3.0/special-icons/standardbutton-closetab-hover-16.png
/usr/share/doc
/usr/share/doc/gtk3-engines-oxygen
/usr/share/doc/gtk3-engines-oxygen/copyright
/usr/share/doc/gtk3-engines-oxygen/README.gz
/usr/share/doc/gtk3-engines-oxygen/changelog.Debian.gz
Anyway, I'll try the manual method of downloading and unpacking a theme you suggested earlier and then report back (possibly next week only).

Thanks.

EDIT: I did a few downloads of the GTK 3.x section (a couple from the Cinnamon which mentioned GTK3 as well), uncompressed them into ~/.themes and voila!, they're available for me to choose them from the Themes->Controls section!
Thanks for the tip, goumba!

Last edited by jdackle; 12-06-2014 at 08:02 PM. Reason: "Promissed" test done and successful.
 
  


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