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Old 11-03-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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notification daemon themes

Hi there!

I'm trying to get my notification's to stop looking like hideous boxes:

They are the default ones with notification-daemon 0.4.0. Which is standard for my install (Gentoo). There's however an option in the popup / notification settings (in System->Preferences in Gnome 2.26.3) for changing the theme, but I only have standard available and I can't find anything about how to get them anywhere on line.

I can see that people using ubuntu at one stage had 3 theme engines libbubble, libubuntu and libstandard in their /usr/lib/notification-daemon-1.0/engines where I only have libstandard, and I can see that there is a libbubble theme in the source code for the notification-daemon package, but I can't find anything on how to install it.

Any help would be appriciated.

Last edited by akamikeym; 11-03-2009 at 12:20 PM.
Old 11-03-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Well I found out that the ubuntu theme can be installed by applying a patch to the notification-daemon. I build an ebuild for gentoo which uses the themes flag to determine if it should install the ubuntu theme.

# Copyright 1999-2009 Gentoo Foundation
# Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo-x86/x11-misc/notification-daemon/notification-daemon-0.4.0-r1.ebuild,v 1.8 2009/10/27 12:02:53 jer Exp $


inherit gnome2 eutils autotools

DESCRIPTION="Notifications daemon"
			themes?  (${PN}/extracted/01_ubuntu_theme.patch )"

KEYWORDS="alpha amd64 arm hppa ia64 ppc ppc64 sh sparc x86 ~x86-fbsd"
IUSE="gstreamer themes"

		 gstreamer? ( >=media-libs/gstreamer-0.10 )"

src_unpack() {
	cd "${S}" || die "cd failed"
	if use themes; then
		epatch "${DISTDIR}"/01_ubuntu_theme.patch
	epatch "${FILESDIR}"/${P}-report-sound-capability.patch
	if use themes; then

pkg_setup() {
	G2CONF="$(use_enable gstreamer sound gstreamer)"
(You will need to copy the notification-daemon-0.4.0-report-sound-capability.patch from your main portage to your files folder 'sudo cp /usr/portage/x11-misc/notification-daemon/notification-daemon-0.4.0-report-sound-capability.patch /usr/local/portage/x11-misc/notification-daemon/files'. Then build a manifest 'sudo ebuild /usr/local/portage/x11-misc/notification-daemon/notification-daemon-0.4.0-r1.ebuild manifest')

I also found a fedora theme with an ebuild and patch from here. (The patch needs to go into your files folder in your local overlay as per normal - and as always build a manifest 'sudo ebuild /usr/local/portage/x11-themes/notification-daemon-engine-nodoka/notification-daemon-engine-nodoka-0.1.0.ebuild manifest')

Last edited by akamikeym; 11-03-2009 at 07:17 PM.


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