There are lots of cursor, icon, window and GTK themes on the web and I downloaded some of them, but I do not know how to figure out if they are compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit Unity? Furthermore, in the beginning I used
Ubuntu Tweak Tool to change the cursor, icon, window and GTK themes; however, I noticed that when I changed the cursor theme and hovered the cursor from one window to another its appearance changed. I was able to fix this by running the following command to set the cursor theme after setting it from
Ubuntu Tweak Tool.
sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme The output of the command was as follows: $ sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme There are 7 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ 0 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme 100 auto mode 1 /etc/X11/cursors/core.theme 30 manual mode 2 /etc/X11/cursors/handhelds.theme 20 manual mode 3 /etc/X11/cursors/redglass.theme 20 manual mode 4 /etc/X11/cursors/whiteglass.theme 20 manual mode 5 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme 30 manual mode 6 /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme 100 manual mode * 7 /usr/share/icons/mac-cursors/cursor.theme 90 manual mode Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
And this made me wonder where to put the
cursor themes, why the priority of each one is different and what the manual vs. auto mode standed for. Moreover, I was not sure where to put the
icon theme files and I preferred to put them under
~/.icons and I also have an unhidden
~/icons directory containing
tar.gz versions of various themes together with a
themes directory (also containing themes in
tar.gz format) in my home folder. I do not remember as of now if I put them myself or the system created them. I would be grateful and appreciate it if someone could explain how
update-alternatives work and where are the various themes stored usually? Also in my opinion
Ubuntu Tweak Tool is not that successful at changing themes, is there an alternative for that?