MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

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MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby kkruecke on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:02 pm

I have installed linuxmint-MATE. I want to switch to Clearlooks theme. Appearance->Theme. I see that gtk2-engines is installed, which contains Clearlooks. But when I go to Appearance->Theme, only Mint-X and Mint-Z are available. Why aren't the themes in /usr/share/themes listed?
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Re: MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby proxima_centauri on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:47 pm

I looked for the package 'clearlooks' in Ubuntu repository. Do you have "gtk-clearlooks-gperfection2-theme" installed?
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Re: MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby kkruecke on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:33 pm

That is a different theme. Clearlooks is part of gtk2-engines as are all the gtk2-engine-xxxx themes.
dpkg -L gtk2-egines
shows that these themes are in /usr/share/themes, along with the other gt2-engine-xxx themes. They aren't being listed though in Appearance. If I do
~: mkdir ~/.themes
sudo cp -rp /usr/share/themes ~/.themes
they will show up.
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Re: MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby proxima_centauri on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:50 pm

Hmm, it would appear the the "Appearance Preferences" version in MATE does not support reading the system folder for themes then. :?
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Re: MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby kkruecke on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:47 pm

Actually, I was wrong; they don't show up as Themes even when copied to ~/.themes, but they do show up under Customize->Controls. It is like they are not recognized as separate themes. The only way I got them to show up was to do
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tar -cvzf ~/themes.tar.gz /usr/share/themes

on my Ubuntu partition. Then extract them to ~/.themes. So it's weird.
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Re: MATE Why aren't gtk2-engines themes listed in Appearance

Postby kkruecke on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:08 am

The solution was to install the mate-themes package:

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sudo apt-get install mate-themes


Now Appearance->Themes shows several new themes. But the mate-themes equivalent to Clearlooks is called TraditionalOk, and the equivalent to ClearlooksClassic Controls theme is called TraditionalOkClassic. I guess MATE required some changes to the gtk2-theme-xxx's found in gtk2-engines, so they were given different names in mate-themes?
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