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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: xfce: gtk theme change is ignored Reply with quote

Gentoo 64 bit. Recent install of xfce. Attempting to switch gtk themes. No effect. I switch to a theme that I know is dark & blue yet things remain light: nothing happens.

To clarify: using Settings Manger -> Appearance. We're talking gtk, not the xfwm theme. xfwm themes work.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which theme? For apply Ambiance theme I change in Settings Manger -> Window Manager
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it change to the correct theme if you log out and back in again?

I seem to remember something similar with MATE 1.8 which is one of the reasons I switched to XFCE. Something to do with a glib issue IIRC, but I do remember the correct theme would appear by logging out and back in again.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fredbear5150 wrote:
Does it change to the correct theme if you log out and back in again?

Yes, before plasma5 I used xfce4 and now I use it on my virtual machine and I have no problem with changing themes.
You can try to create a new temporary user and see if also with this you have problem with themes.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had been changing gtk themes via Appearances submenu. Not to be confused with xfwm themes, which have been working

Logging out and back again didn't help. Neither did rebooting.

I finally stumbled onto a solution, while fixing something else. Setting up policy kit as described here was the cure. Most unexpected.

Thank you every one for the replies.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need dbus running for Xfce settings changes to be applied.
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