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Old 08-30-2008, 01:40 AM   #1
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Got theme to work! Understanding how it worked?

I havn't been able to get a theme to work yet, and I followed a set of instructions on this website, and was wondering if you guys could explain to me exacly what went on? That way I can install other themes. Here is the website

What did those commands do? I really want to understand this theme business.! Thanks!
Old 08-30-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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You mean this?:
sudo cp -r $HOME/Desktop/SlicknesS-black /usr/share/themes
sudo chmod 777 /usr/share/themes/SlicknesS-black/Slickness-black.jpg
It copies the theme you extracted to you desktop ($HOME is equivalent to your home directory /home/UpLink2008 or whatever) to the directory /usr/share/themes, which needs to be done as root (hence the sudo command). Then it modifies the permissions to allow everyone access to the /usr/share/themes/SlicknesS-black/Slickness-black.jpg file, presumably so they can set it as their desktop. This is probably overkill; simply changing its group to the users group and chmod 750 /usr/share/themes/SlicknesS-black/Slickness-black.jpg would achieve the same effect with slightly better security.

In essence, you copied the SlicknesS-black theme to the system theme directory, then allowed anyone to set the wallpaper on their desktop.
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i don't under stand how do i get the computer to copy that code?
Old 08-31-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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You highlight the first line in your browser, go to the edit menu and select copy. Then, you open a terminal, and paste it in using the edit menu > paste command. Then you press they enter key. Repeat the proces for the second line:
sudo cp -r $HOME/Desktop/SlicknesS-black /usr/share/themes <enter>
sudo chmod 777 /usr/share/themes/SlicknesS-black/Slickness-black.jpg <enter>
Also, if you can edit your LQ profile to include which distribution you're using, it'll make helping you with specific problems much easier.


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