Lubuntu 14.04 Ignores User Color-Customization

Israel israeldahl at
Sun May 4 03:11:06 UTC 2014

On 05/03/2014 08:03 PM, Aere Greenway wrote:
> On 05/03/2014 06:48 PM, Israel wrote:
>> On 05/03/2014 07:26 PM, Aere Greenway wrote:
>>> Rafael:
>>> I will report it as a bug.  What package should it be reported
>>> against? 
>>> Unfortunately, it appears to be one more step down the Ubuntu road
>>> of taking away customization.  So I'm doubtful anything will come of
>>> it.  But it means a lot to me, so I will report it, nevertheless. 
>>> It may well be the end of color customization. 
>>> - Aere
>>> On 05/03/2014 05:33 PM, Rafael Laguna wrote:
>>>> 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
>>>> <mailto: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 <mailto: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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>>> -- 
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Aere
>> Of course you can always make your own theme, so it will never be
>> dead.  I have made a few themes for the WM, and the panel is still
>> customizable fortunately.
>> @Aere, Rafael did say the bug was in lubuntu session settings daemon.
>> -- 
>> Regards
> Israel:
> Is there something in the repository you install to build your own
> theme?  If so, what is the package name I should use (or search-for)? 
> Using Synaptic Package Manager, searching for 'lubuntu', I do not see
> anything that resembles "lubuntu session settings daemon".  Do you
> know what the package name is for it? 
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere
Aere, it depends on what kind of theme you are making.  If you want the
widgets (buttons, progress bars etc...) that is GTK, which I don't know
a whole lot about.
If you are talking about window borders, etc.. that is openbox.  Openbox
themes are simple xml files, that you can edit by hand (or
programatically if you fancy).

Before you go downloading Geany for some Openbox fun try out:

You can also browse for GTK themes:
(If I remember Lubuntu might support GTK3 also... but I don't know for
100% sure off the top of my head)

I hope this helps 

I think the package with the issue is related to the lxsession
package.... but Rafael, or one of the developers may have a better idea
what part is actually the problem.


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