I use a dark theme and the program that I am trying to run hard-codes some color values that make it unusable with the dark theme settings. I want to run this program without the dark theme being applied. Is this possible?

The application that I'm trying to retheme is the ActiveState Komodo IDE.


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Launch the program as so:

GTK2_RC_FILES=/path/to/your/theme/gtkrc application-command

I got this from here, which has some additional information about more complicated scenarios.

  • tried with GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/gtkrc /opt/ide/eclipse and does't worked Aug 9, 2018 at 9:24
  • This is a very old answer. You probably want something like GTK_THEME=Adwaita:light eclipse, but I haven't tried this.
    – frabjous
    Aug 10, 2018 at 15:20

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