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I tried to do something similar to this:
How can I install 10.10's Light Themes in 10.04?

I installed the updated .deb, and then I took the /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/* from a 11.04 machine and put it in /usr/share/themes/Ambiance-Natty/* on my 10.04 machine.

For some reason the copying changed a bunch of permissions, and even changed the file name index.theme to Ambiance.desktop or something. I changed that back to how it was in the previous system.

Under System➜Preferences➜Appearances I now see the Ambiance-Natty option ... however selecting it does absolutely nothing! Nothing changes at all.

What is going on here?

  1. Why did copying the directory (to a flash drive and back) change the persmissions and that one file name?
  2. Why doesn't the theme work? Is there a log to check error messages or something?

I obviously don't understand how themes work in Ubuntu, so some explanation/overview would be wonderful as well.

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I think you will have more luck if you copy the files into this folder: ~/.themes/ –  desgua Aug 12 '11 at 0:20

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