Have seen numerous posts on this, but the only solution reported to work (adding a delay to the gnome settings daemon plugin) doesn't work.

Ubuntu 16.04 in a VMWare Workstation 12 VM.

  1. Installed fresh copy of Ubuntu
  2. Copied custom theme into ~/.themes
  3. Copied custom icons into /usr/share/icons
  4. Changed theme and icons via Unity Tweak Tool

Everything looked fine until a reboot.

After reboot, title bar and Nautilus wouldn't theme:

Toggling themes in Ubuntu; title bar not changing

Checked dconf org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings & it's 'active' as it should be.

Kind of stumped, welcoming any ideas!

  • If you go back to using one of the standard Ubuntu themes/icons, does it work again? – heynnema Jul 30 '16 at 19:56
  • nope :/ i mean, the theme the title bars are stuck in is the default, so switching to default makes them technically 'work,' but they're still stuck at default. – Brandon Jul 30 '16 at 20:53
  • Oh. If you choose another theme... one that ISN'T in your ~/.themes folder... in other words, another theme that comes with Ubuntu, does that work after a reboot. If so, maybe you've got a permissions problem on your ~/.themes folder, or it contents, or with the icons that you put info /usr/share/icons. – heynnema Jul 30 '16 at 22:32
  • thanks @heynnema - unfortunately permissions are all squared-away. any changes i make to the themes (to factory themes or ~/.themes) persist after reboot, but the title bar & Nautilus still aren't affected. In other words, no matter the theme, selecting it has the effects illustrated in the .gif above. – Brandon Aug 5 '16 at 22:28

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