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Re: Advice for changing-theme-function for GNU/Linux system

From: Jonas Damm
Subject: Re: Advice for changing-theme-function for GNU/Linux system
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2022 11:05:56 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 1.8.3; emacs 28.1.90

Thank you, that put me in the right direction.

I am having a little trouble though. I can successfully change the
Firefox-Theme, without restarting the application, which is awesome.
However my GTK applications like Evince do not change their theme. Not
even by restarting them.

I am running the xfsettingsd with the --sm-client-disable option and
then change the theme with this command:

xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName -s "Adwaita-dark" 

Any Idea why that is?

Maybe I need the gnome-settings-daemon? But this one seems to have been
split into many small daemons, and i can't find documentation on how to
use them..


Yuri Khan <> writes:

> On Mon, 18 Jul 2022 at 00:27, Jonas Damm <> wrote:
>> I wish to create my own function in emacs to switch my whole system from
>> dark to light mode.
>> I want to use the modus themes included in emacs, so i can toggle with
>> modus-themes-toggle.
>> However, I also want to change my systems GTK theme for other
>> applications like Evince. So i have to change the file
>> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini and replace "Adwaita" with "Adwaita-dark"
>> or the other way round.
> And restart every running application, and hope they preserve their
> state, because themes set via gtk-3.0/settings.ini only take effect on
> application startup.
> Alternatively, keep a settings daemon running. With one of these, you
> can apply themes on the fly. If you’re using a desktop environment
> such as GNOME, KDE or Xfce, you already have one. If not, Xfce’s
> xfsettingsd is lightweight enough and can run without the whole DE.
> (Start it on your session startup with an --sm-client-disable option.)
> There is also something called Xsettingsd which is purportedly even
> more lightweight.

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