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Captain Brillo
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Different themes, different workspaces

Post by Captain Brillo » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:54 pm

Can I do this somehow?
Set up Cinnamon so I can tell what workspace I'm in from the theme I've set?

(reposted from Cinnamon board as per suggestion)
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Re: Different themes, different workspaces

Post by gm10 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:49 pm

Cinnamon doesn't support it as far as I recall. It's easy to script though. Here's an example that works on MATE:

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WORKSPACETHEMES=(Mint-Y Mint-X Arc Arc-Dark)
xprop -root -spy _NET_CURRENT_DESKTOP | while read -r; do
    gsettings set org.mate.interface gtk-theme "${WORKSPACETHEMES[${REPLY: -1}]}"
Stick that in a script and run it at startup. I'm not on Cinnamon right now so I don't have the necessary gsettings at hand for that DE but the idea is the same, you or someone else will be able to adapt it.

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Re: Different themes, different workspaces

Post by smurphos » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:56 am

The relevant cinnamon keys could include the following depending on which themeable elements you want to change.

Desktop theme (panel and menu etc) - org.cinnamon.theme name
Controls theme (gtk theme for apps - org.cinnamon.desktop.interface gtk-theme
Icon theme - org.cinnamon.desktop.interface icon-theme
Window borders - org.cinnamon.desktop.wm.preferences theme
Cursor theme - org.cinnamon.desktop.interface cursor-theme

You could expand gm10's example script to have different arrays of theme names for the different elements (depending on which you wish to change)

I've just given this a try changing the gtk/controls theme only - it causes the workspace transition to stutter quite significantly on my machine (with about a dozen windows open).

Changing only the desktop theme worked quite nicely with no stuttering.

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