[ubuntu-art] newbie: apply theme without logout

Alex Armstrong alehandrof at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 23:44:55 GMT 2009

On Mon, 2009-03-02 at 13:26 -0600, geng wang wrote:
> Hi,
> Sorry in advance if I should have looked around somewhere else before posting.
> This is my first attempt to change a theme -> make my own theme. I
> began with directly editing gtkrc file in my Human theme
> dirctory(tooltip color, fg_color, etc.). I'd like to see the changes I
> made and I have no clue how to do it, correctly. What I did was log
> out and relog in. Another way I found that I could do this is to go to
> "Appearance" and "reselect" Human, which force the engine to update.
> So I am sure there is better way to do it. So how do I see the changes
> I made on an gtkrc file, "instantly" or "interactively"? Is there any
> command, or tools?
> Any lead to some step by step tutorials would be helpful. Short ones
> would be nice!;)
> Thanks again!
> Geng

Sorry for the very late post.

There is no real solution other than the ones you've already discovered.
However, a decent compromise is to install "The Widget Factory" select
the theme you're working on from the menu and use the refresh button on
the toolbar to update it as you work on the gtkrc. Obviously this will
not work for the panel, etc; but you can fine-tune the basic stuff

Hope this helps.


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