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How to install emerald themes?

Postby clnr0n05 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:44 pm

I came across some emerald themes that are saved as .zip files, I extracted them and don't see any .emerald files to import into the emerald theme manager. I tried to compress them into .tar archives and rename it as .emerald but that didn't work. I am not all that familiar with the command line method of doing things, but will try it if necessary, though I'll need exact commands. Thanks in advance.
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby zerozero on Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:56 pm

emerald themes are gzip'ed archives ending on .emerald
something like this
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zerozero@deb-kde ~/Dropbox/myrepo-emerald&compiz/phun-stuff $ ls
101121-Black Crystal.tar.gz
101986-DarkSide Plus
101986-DarkSide Plus.tar.gz
104283-Overglass.emerald
106745-miNGue.emerald
107184-Shiki Minimal Match.emerald
107235-Milky Future Minimal.emerald
115416-Perfection.emerald
94292-LiteVeiha.emerald
Atolm.emerald
LittleGlass_by_lassekongo83.7z
LittleGlass.emerald
PassionM-Themes.tar.gz
Perfect_Wave_Emerald_Theme_by_Nossile.emerald
Soft-Shell Glass.emerald
The_red_robot-0.2.emerald
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby clnr0n05 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:58 pm

So how would I go about converting a .zip archive into a .emerald archive? Do I need a tool for it, or does Linux Mint Nadia come with an archive manager that can handle .emerald archives? I switched from Pinguy 11.04 yesterday, so I don't know all of the software updates since Maya's release.
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby zerozero on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:04 pm

if you have an emerald theme zipped first thing you should do is extract it (the zip archive) inside you should see the gzipped .emerald theme archive (otherwise probably that is not a valid emerald theme because there's not many available actually: emerald is kinda outdated)
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby clnr0n05 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:59 pm

Is there a good replacement for emerald then? I'm just looking for different themes for my desktop, and emerald was the best one I knew about when I started using Linux. Unfortunately the theme I found when extrated doesn't have a .emerald file, but people managed to get it to work. This is the theme I downloaded http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ ... tent=95141
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby zerozero on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:20 pm

this one http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ ... tent=51976 should work fine

replacement for emerald (in the way of what it did/does) not really :shock: you can get beautiful windeco deco themes (metacity) in gnome-look or in dA
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby clnr0n05 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:19 pm

Was that the right url? It sent me to a vista based emerald theme, so did I just misunderstand your post?
Reread your post, and saw what you meant. Yeah that is a theme that will work, and will metacity work with compiz?
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby zerozero on Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:37 pm

sorry :lol: that link was just an example, might not be the theme that you want/like; if you notice some of the emerald themes in gnome-look have +3 years (and this on linux is an eternity (i'm even surprised how some links are functional);

when i said metacity windeco i wanted to say the regular the regular gtk window decoration (of course they don't have the WOW factor of emerald)

edit: but wait 8) mint has some emerald themes (from old releases) give them a try
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main ... mes-extra/
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main ... ld-themes/
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby d00med on Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:58 pm

clnr0n05 wrote:Is there a good replacement for emerald then? I'm just looking for different themes for my desktop, and emerald was the best one I knew about when I started using Linux. Unfortunately the theme I found when extrated doesn't have a .emerald file, but people managed to get it to work. This is the theme I downloaded http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ ... tent=95141


Hmm, the author of that theme didn't package it correctly.

I wish we were using Emerald instead of Metacity. Metacity is never going to have common features like png alpha transparencies or anti-aliasing. One can't even control how the corners are beveled. But, the entire Linux community seems to be content with it, so we're stuck with outdated windowing graphics.

/rant off
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby zerozero on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:01 pm

d00med wrote:/rant off
:D yeahh emerald was/yes (once you find a proper theme) wonderful; that's why i keep some stored.
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Re: How to install emerald themes?

Postby d00med on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:58 am

zerozero wrote:
d00med wrote:/rant off
:D yeahh emerald was/yes (once you find a proper theme) wonderful; that's why i keep some stored.


It's so easy to theme as well. How I miss it :wink:
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