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I am running Gnome 2.30.2 and Gnome Terminal 3.0.1 on my Debian Sid and recently the active tab became almost indistinguishable from other tabs. It is actually the same colour. Changing the themes didn't help much and only using high contrast theme makes a difference which is the theme I would rather not use.

Have been experimenting with ~/.gtkrc-2.0 script but that does not seem to work at all even after restarting X-Server.

style "gnome_terminal_notebook"
    #fg[NORMAL] = "#00ff00"
    bg[NORMAL] = shade (1.25, "#3c3b37")

widget "*TerminalWindow.*.GtkNotebook*" style "gnome_terminal_notebook"

Can anybody shed some light on how to make the active tab more distinguishable?

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gnome-terminal 3.x needs a gtk3 theme -- that's why changing the (gtk2) theme won't help. Perhaps the high contrast option has a gtk3 theme too?

The same issue affects gnome-character-map (and probably others), and will affect more and more gnome apps as time move on, of course.

Anyway, your best bet is to install a gtk3 theme (from, e.g. gnome-look)


file with , for example this:

gtk-theme-name = Newlooks
gtk-fallback-icon-theme = gnome
# next option is applicable only if selected theme supports it
gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme = false
# set font name and dimension
gtk-font-name = Sans 10

Hope this helps!

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