Xfce 4.6 seems unresponsive to theme changes

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at uvena.de
Sat Feb 28 10:25:29 CET 2009

On Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:41:11 -0500, Peter wrote:

>Hi Folks,
>Nice job on the update! I've just installed via graphical installer to
>Xubuntu 8.10 on a Dell Studio laptop and find I can't change window or
>user themes. They show up in the respective windows from Xfce Settings
>(user menu), but when I try to make the change, nothing happens, even
>after a restart of Xfce. 

This sounds like the same problem I had and reported in
I guess you installed your Xfce not into /usr but somewhere else,
right? If so, read my last comment on the bug report, especially the
part about GTK_DATA_PREFIX.

>Any suggetions? 

Yes (workaround):
in your ~/.profile add

export GTK_DATA_PREFIX="/path/where/xfce/is/installed"

and then link all your themes in /usr/share/themes to ~/.themes, e.g.
using this command:
ln -s /usr/share/themes/* ~/.themes/

Then the Appearance dialog of Xfce should list all your globally
installed GTK themes (in /usr/share/themes), the Xfce themes and your
own ones in ~/.themes. And loading each of them should work.

Downside: this works only for one user, each other user on the system
need to do this as well.


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