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I upgraded to oneiric ocelot, running awesome wm. Everything works, more or less, fine but one thing I've noticed is that now my menu fonts and my menu symbols are larger than I'd like them to be.

I used to set them in font settings, but now (for one I don't even know where font settings are anymore, I tried gnome-tweak-tool) the font-settings are gone? Surely I'm missing something.

My prime example is the program evince whose symbols are ginormous.

Any hints how to tweak it?

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Simply from synaptic, then get a standard rc.lua and place it in ~/.config/awesome/ , that should do it. Roland, the post you mentioned is not for awesome wm but addresses a general way for changing unity (and other) font settings. – janjust Nov 23 '11 at 17:16
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I presume evince is looking like this:

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I would use XFCE packages to help you on this issue:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-settings

Then run the xfce daemon:


This will change the fonts to use GTK settings.

Run xfce4-settings-manager to change your fonts and icons:

enter image description here

Obviously you would want to run the daemon from login - see my linked answer on how to do this.

Linked Question:

  1. How can I define startup applications with the Awesome Window Manager?
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You are amazing sir, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!! (I would vote up your answer but I'm new to askubuntu thus I don't have enough reputation :-/ ) – janjust Nov 24 '11 at 16:32
Do you know if is there another way, not having to start the daemon? At the end of the day I use awesome to be very lightweight and don't want to keep another process running... – Emanuele Sep 1 '12 at 14:04
@Emanuele - 'fraid not - XFCE is very lightweight. I presume there is a openbox equivalent. Please share the answer if/when you find out. Thanks! – fossfreedom Sep 1 '12 at 15:54
@fossfreedom I've been trying out lxappearance and apparently it works (at least for menu bars and so on)! Give it a shot, cheers! – Emanuele Sep 2 '12 at 7:27
Just wanted to say thanks - and also, if you're just experimenting and resources aren't an issue - one can also run gnome-settings-daemon to theme application fonts running in awesome-wm (but apparently, this doesn't include possible theming of application buttons; e.g. firefox keeps its (apparently) original forward and back buttons). Thanks again - cheers! – sdaau May 6 '13 at 5:51

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