Lubuntu 14.04 Ignores User Color-Customization

Rafael Laguna rafaellaguna at
Sat May 3 23:33:40 UTC 2014

More clues. I've tested on a few environments.

1. Lubuntu does no colorize at all. Nor fgtk2 nor gtk3.
2. XFCE (using Shimmer's gtk-theme-config) DOES colorize only gtk2 (pretty
normal, as usually gtk3 is not able to do this)
3. Mate. The same as XFCE, only colorizes gtk2 apps (I insist, gtk3 apps
cannot be colorized as is, they need to be tweaked via .gtk-3.0 RC).
4. Ubuntu hasn't this feature anymore.

So, as colorization works in every environment as eexpected, the problem is
ours. But themes react fine in other desktops, so there's no problem at all
on engines or themes RC files.

So, once tested all steps, there's only one left: the LXDE session settings
daemon. Shall we declare it as a bug?

Rafael Laguna
Lubuntu Artwork Team

2014-05-04 0:23 GMT+02:00 Rafael Laguna <rafaellaguna at>:

> Yes, I can't customize Lubuntu-default, experimental Box, or even Adwaita.
> Now I'm testing Xubuntu themes and they seem to be un-colorizable too.
> Something's happening to the Desktop Settings daemon. It's not theme or
> engine related. It also affects GTK3.
> Let me try more tests on other environments and I hope to have an answer
> or, at least, a clue.
> --
> Rafael Laguna
> Lubuntu Artwork Team
> 2014-05-03 22:37 GMT+02:00 Aere Greenway <Aere at>:
> All:
>> I encountered a problem with Lubuntu 14.04 which (to me) is a
>> show-stopper.  I'm sure it isn't as important to others.
>> I have my own peculiar style of customized colors.  One of the main
>> reasons my primary system uses Lubuntu is because of the
>> color-customization, which retains the ease-of-use that was present in
>> Ubuntu 11.04.
>> I upgraded a Lubuntu 13.10 system for which the colors worked fine. After
>> the upgrade to 14.04, the color customization does not appear in any
>> windows I have tried (and I have tried a lot of them).
>> Even in the window where you change the appearance with custom colors, it
>> shows that it remembers the colors I specified, but the specified colors
>> are not used in the window in which I specify them.
>> It appears that color-customization can be done in the preferences
>> settings, but the color customization you specify is universally ignored.
>> Does anyone have any idea of how to make color-customization work in
>> Lubuntu 14.04?
>> --
>> Sincerely,
>> Aere
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