In Xfce we can change the window manager in Desktop Settings from Xfwm4 to Metacity.

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But then the system GTK theme is not followed, because Metacity has its own theming settings. That system theme includes a metacity folder.

I expected that setting to be accessible with gsettings/Dconf, but it is not followed, and is marked as deprecated.

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How to set the Metacity window theme in Xfce?

metacity 3.28.0
Xfce 4.12

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In dconf, when something is deprecated the same setting is usually present somewhere else.

It's under org.gnome.metacity.theme. Enter theme under name and select metacity under type.

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Or in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.metacity.theme type metacity
gsettings set org.gnome.metacity.theme name THEME_NAME

(In older versions of Metacity, the theme could be set with gsettings set org.gnome.metacity theme THEME_NAME, but that changed with version 3.20.)

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