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    Fluxbox doesn't apply GTK(2/3) themes

    Hello people,

    I don't usually post my problems with Linux in forums, but this problem has been bothering me for years now and no solution has ever worked perfectly.

    I have Ubuntu 11.10 with Fluxbox and GTK3.0 installed. I want to use GTK themes, but whatever I do, new themes never apply to my windows. If I check .gtkrc-2.0 or 3.0, both seem to use the themes I want, but apparently these files don't apply. The themes I've tried were both GTK2 and 3, with same results. LXappearance, gtk-theme-switch2 and gtk-chtheme are capable of changing the icons in my fbpanel so it has to be working to some extent, but all other GTK windows remain the same default. The closest I got was with LXappearance, which could actually make it's own window change theme, but not a single other window.

    I think I have read about every single topic ever written about this problem, but most are old and only work for GTK2. Does anyone have suggestions for a solution?
    Last edited by basp; April 1st, 2012 at 10:27 AM. Reason: added info and readability

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    Re: Fluxbox doesn't apply GTK(2/3) themes

    Quote Originally Posted by basp View Post
    Hello people,

    I don't usually post my problems with Linux in forums, but this problem has been bothering me for years now and no solution has ever worked perfectly.

    I have Ubuntu 11.10 with Fluxbox and GTK3.0 installed. I want to use GTK themes, but whatever I do, new themes never apply to my windows. If I check .gtkrc-2.0 or 3.0, both seem to use the themes I want, but apparently these files don't apply. The themes I've tried were both GTK2 and 3, with same results. LXappearance, gtk-theme-switch2 and gtk-chtheme are capable of changing the icons in my fbpanel so it has to be working to some extent, but all other GTK windows remain the same default. The closest I got was with LXappearance, which could actually make it's own window change theme, but not a single other window.

    I think I have read about every single topic ever written about this problem, but most are old and only work for GTK2. Does anyone have suggestions for a solution?
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    I am having the exact same issue here. I use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with FluxBox. I was able to get the good old GTK2 themes to work back in the days, but this fancy GTK3 **** doesn't seem to be working with FluxBox for some reason?
    I've installed the gnome-shell environment as well but with no luck I'm stuck with "Ambiance" no matter what client I try to switch theme with.
    I have even tried to edit the configurations manually through gconf-editor.. but again with no effect!

    Please help us out folks!

    Jesper

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    Re: Fluxbox doesn't apply GTK(2/3) themes

    I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and here is what I do to get gtk3 themes to work in fluxbox.

    Go to ~/.fluxbox and open the file startup with gedit (or your favorite text editor).

    Add the following line to the file:

    Code:
    gnome-settings-daemon &
    Make sure this is before the line that says:

    Code:
    exec fluxbox
    Save the file. Exit fluxbox and log back in and it should be using the gtk3 theme you have set. To change it you can use system settings - appearance just like you would if you were in Unity. Though if you are using the default Ubuntu Fluxbox menu you can find this in Applications - System - Administration - Gnome Control Center.

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