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#1 2023-09-07 13:14:23

Charon795
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installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

Hi all! I am a new Linux Devuan user.
I would like to install a new theme for myself, but I do not know where to get them from. 1 person advised to look for themes in the official devuan package repository, but I don't know how to do it.
This person also advised to install downloaded themes in your home directory
And to create a directory, you need to register the $mkdir .themes command in the terminal.
I write this command but it gives me an error:
bash: .themes: command not found
what should I do?

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#2 2023-09-07 16:01:59

stopAI
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

Charon795 wrote:

I write this command but it gives me an error:
bash: .themes: command not found
what should I do?

Hello.

Please, check, maybe this dir (.themes) already exist.

Open a terminal and type

ls -a

If this dir does not exist, create this dir with command:

$ mkdir .themes

You can search for the gtk3 themes with simple command:

$ apt search gtk3 | less

You can scroll up or down with arrow keys.

Using this method, you will easily find the gtk 3 theme you need.

Here example of terminal command and output:

Sorting...
Full Text Search...
appmenu-gtk3-module/stable 0.7.6-2.1 amd64
  GtkMenuShell D-Bus exporter (GTK+3.0)

connman-gtk/stable 1.1.1+git20180626.b72c6ab-3 amd64
  fully-featured GUI for ConnMan with systray support

cyclograph-gtk3/stable 1.9.1-1.2 all
  route altimetry plotting application - GTK3 interface

darkblood-gtk-theme/stable 0-4 all
  dark GTK2/GTK3/Metacity theme

darkcold-gtk-theme/stable 5.0.0-3 all
  dark GTK2/GTK3/Metacity theme

darkfire-gtk-theme/stable 0-4 all
  dark GTK2/GTK3/Metacity theme

darkmint-gtk-theme/stable 2.0.0-3 all
  dark GTK2/GTK3/Metacity theme

fcitx-frontend-gtk3/stable 1:4.2.9.9-1 amd64
  Flexible Input Method Framework - GTK+ 3 IM Module frontend

fcitx5-frontend-gtk3/stable 5.0.21-1 amd64
  GTK3 IM Module for fcitx5

freeciv-client-extras/stable 3.0.6-1 amd64
  Civilization turn based strategy game (miscellaneous extras)

freeciv-client-gtk3/stable 3.0.6-1 amd64
  Civilization turn based strategy game (GTK 3 client)

freeciv-client-sdl/stable 3.0.6-1 amd64
  Civilization turn based strategy game (SDL client)

gambas3-gb-gtk3/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas GTK+3 component

gambas3-gb-gtk3-opengl/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas OpenGL component with GTK+3 toolkit

gambas3-gb-gtk3-wayland/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas GTK+3 Wayland component

gambas3-gb-gtk3-webview/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas GTK+3 Webview component

gambas3-gb-gtk3-x11/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas GTK+3 X11 component

gambas3-gb-gui/stable 3.18.0-4 amd64
  Gambas graphical toolkit selector

gcin/stable 2.9.0+dfsg1-2+b4 amd64
  GTK+ based input method for Chinese users

gcin-gtk3-immodule/stable 2.9.0+dfsg1-2+b4 amd64
  GTK3 input method module with gcin as backend

gcolor3/stable 2.4.0-2 amd64
  Simple GTK3 color selector and picker

geany/stable 1.38-1+b1 amd64
  fast and lightweight IDE

geany-common/stable 1.38-1 all
  fast and lightweight IDE -- common files

gir1.2-dbusmenu-gtk3-0.4/stable 18.10.20180917~bzr492+repack1-3 amd64
  typelib file for libdbusmenu-gtk3-4

Using this method, you will easily find the gtk 3 theme you need.

For example, if I want to install

darkfire-gtk-theme

the following commands must be used:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install darkfire-gtk-theme

Last edited by stopAI (2023-09-07 16:11:07)

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#3 2023-09-07 16:23:43

chris2be8
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

When you see an example command starting with a $ don't enter the $, just the rest of the command. It's usually the terminal prompt.

In the unlikely event you did need to enter the $ the poster would tell you explicitly.

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#4 2023-09-07 16:26:48

boughtonp
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

stopAI wrote:
Charon795 wrote:

I write this command but it gives me an error:
bash: .themes: command not found
what should I do?

Hello.

Please, check, maybe this dir (.themes) already exist.

Nope, it's because they exactly copied what was written in the other thread $mkdir .themes

Since there is no variable "mkdir" it evaluated to empty string, and thus was removed, leaving ".themes" which Bash tried to execute as a command, and since there isn't such a command, it displayed "command not found".

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Open a terminal and type

ls -a

If this dir does not exist, create this dir with command:

$ mkdir .themes

...

The command is mkdir .themes - no dollar - just like you didn't put a dollar for the ls -a command.

Yes, the dollar is the prompt - experienced users know that, but new users don't - so it should be explicitly pointed out, or not used - personally, I'll only include a prompt when displaying both input and output. When offering advice for a specific command to run, it's less confusing to not use it. (Especially when one forgets the space and doesn't spot it whilst proofreading. Or writes one command with it and one without.)

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Charon795:
It's a good practice to always verify what a command does before you enter it. Putting "man $mkdir" into a search engine would have clarified that the correct command is "mkdir" and explained what it does. The best source for Devuan is Debian man pages //manpages.debian.org

A dollar at the start of a command is usually the shell prompt (and thus not intended to be typed), but elsewhere in a command it can be a shell variable, and those can significantly change what a command does.

Something else worth pointing out - when a file or directory name starts with a "." it is considered "hidden" and not always displayed. This is why the need for ls -a instead of just ls. If you use a graphical file manager, it will have an option to toggle hidden resources on/off, which you would want to do if managing this folder with such a tool.

Also, if you prefer to reduce the number of files/directories directly in your home, you might prefer to use .local/share/themes instead of .themes

Last edited by boughtonp (2023-09-07 16:40:46)


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#5 2023-09-12 15:45:34

Charon795
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

So, it turns out that there are only 4 topics in the official repository?

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#6 2023-09-12 15:57:01

stopAI
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

Charon795 wrote:

So, it turns out that there are only 4 topics in the official repository?

Be creative ! Try search

apt search theme | less

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#7 2023-09-12 16:02:47

Charon795
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

stopAI wrote:
Charon795 wrote:

So, it turns out that there are only 4 topics in the official repository?

Be creative ! Try search

apt search theme | less

That's a different conversation) thank you
Now I see a huge pile of unknown topics and.. All that remains is to understand how you can view each topic without installing it and without entering each one separately into Google?
ps: is it worth downloading themes from xfce-look.org?
I really liked the whitesur theme, but I didn’t see it in the official repository

Last edited by Charon795 (2023-09-12 16:09:37)

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#8 2023-09-12 16:11:47

golinux
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

Charon795 . . . Certain themes are available by default and you can switch them in Xfce from the "Settings - Appearance" options.

You can see the Devuan specific artwork in our git store:

https://git.devuan.org/devuan/documenta … t/graphics

There are also previews on the forum for the first 5 Devuan releases.

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#9 2023-09-12 16:27:10

Charon795
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

golinux wrote:

Charon795 . . . Certain themes are available by default and you can switch them in Xfce from the "Settings - Appearance" options.

You can see the Devuan specific artwork in our git store:

https://git.devuan.org/devuan/documenta … t/graphics

There are also previews on the forum for the first 5 Devuan releases.

In the settings-appearance I see only one theme and those that I installed. I don’t see any other topics that could be put on..
The link you sent me gives me a 404 error.

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#10 2023-09-12 17:05:33

golinux
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Re: installing a theme from the official devuan package repository

What DE or WM are you using? The default XFCE has all the past custom Devuan themes available

The link works just fine but the visible link is truncated so you cannot copy/paste it directly. Use the complete URL.

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