[arch-general] GTK2 GUIs became a PITA after upgrade

Andrew Ridgway ar17787 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 02:30:44 UTC 2016

There have been a few bugs reported about the gtk 3.20 theming issues[1]

and in those bugs it mentions that there is a fix upstream that we
just have to wait until it trickles down[2]

It seems that 3.20 requires themes to update something (not sure what)
and this is the problem

Get on to the people who produce your themes to make them compatible with 3.20

I have found avoiding gtk3 where possible atm is helping. I am using
the aur version of firefox that is compiled against gtk2 and it seems
to be working better (also less memory so I may actually continue to
use it when this is all done)

This is the fun of Arch isn't it? - we are the bug finders!


On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Sujith Manoharan <sujith at msujith.org> wrote:
> Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at zoho.com> writes:
>> after the last upgrade GTK2 apps running in an openbox session need more
>> space, they became darker and in some windows even the fonts became
>> less good readable. The reason that I dropped desktop environments was
>> to get rid of chaotic designs and to keep a clear design and now even
>> GTK2 apps in an openbox session became a parody.
> For me, the recent fontconfig package in testing has changed the way
> bold fonts are rendered. I have downgraded fontconfig manually since
> I couldn't find a way to fix this.
> With 2.11.94: http://msujith.org/dir/img/before-fontconfig-update.png
> With 2.11.95: http://msujith.org/dir/img/after-fontconfig-update.png
> I use the Greybird theme for gtk2 applications and it seems to be
> okay. gtk-3.20 has changed theming and so all themes need to be
> updated. After gtk-3.20, Greybird broke and I had to remove it
> from gtk-3.0/settings.ini and use the default theme.
> https://blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/2015/11/20/a-gtk-update/
> All of this hand-holding is just painful and sometimes I just want to
> compile Emacs with --with-x-toolkit=lucid and be done. :-)
> Sujith

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