I'm trying to use a dark Gtk+ theme, and everything goes fine with native Gtk+ apps, and well, only with Gtk+ apps. I mean, wxWidgets and Mozilla's apps looks terrible, if not counting unreadability (see screenshot below). Rendering Gtk's buttons and fonts in Qt apps looks bad too.

Audacity, Icedove and Iceweasel using Gtk+ 2 dark theme

I've learned Mozilla's apps could improve readability (text on light background become readable but text on dark background becomes hard to read) by adding this to gtk-2.0/gtkrc:

style "moz" {
text[NORMAL] = "#000000"
base[NORMAL] = "#FFFFFF"
class "GtkInvisible" style "moz"
apwidget "GtkInvisible" style "moz"

So I came out with this solution: start these apps with a 'fallback' light Gtk+ 2 theme (let's say Adwaita). But launching with something like GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/gtkrc could change gtk's PNGs (like buttons and checkboxes), not the color scheme:

Audacity launched with Adwaita theme

I noted that doing this, it returns some warnings, e.g.:

$ GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/gtkrc audacity

(Audacity:12322): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_disable_setlocale() must be called before gtk_init()
$ GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/gtkrc icedove

(process:13204): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion 'sys_page_size == 0' failed

With Qt(4) apps, I tried to use a native good-looking theme like Breeze, but couldn't find a way to choose it after installing (I had no luck using qtconfig-qt4).

Here are some of my software versions (I'm using Debian testing):

  • Gtk+ 2: 2.24.28
  • Gtk+ 3: 3.16.6
  • Qt4: 4.8.7
  • wxWidgets: 3.0.2 (Audacity's version is 2.0.6)
  • Iceweasel (Firefox): 38.1.0
  • Icedove (Thunderbird): 31.7.0

Does anyone know how to solve this problem? I would be really glad to see any answer, even if it's specific to only one application.

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