Themes (Theme Packs) For Window Maker
Note: the information contained in this file is only valid for themes
in the .themed (for theme directory) format, supported in
Window Maker 0.50.0 or newer. See here for
information on themes for WindowMaker-0.20.3 and earlier.
How To Install a Theme Pack
To install a theme, unpack your theme into your WindowMaker directory
(the same as old-style themes), usually ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker
gzip -dc "xyztheme.tar.gz" | tar xvf -
You can also do this in your system-wide WindowMaker directory (usually
/usr/local/share/WindowMaker) to have the themes be available to all
your users. This will probably need to be done with root access.
How To Load a Theme
After installing a theme, it will automatically show up in your menu under Appearance -> Themes -> ThemeName.
(unless of course you have manually changed your menu to remove this) If you have your Themes menu already opened and
pinned to your desktop, you may need to close it and reopen it to have it show the new theme.
To manually load the new theme from the command line, use the setstyle command. Example:
Note that if you move the directory of the theme (for example, from
~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Themes to /usr/local/share/WindowMaker/Themes)
you will have to reload that theme so that path information is updated.
How To Make a Theme Pack
To create a theme pack from your current configuration, use the getstyle
utility with the -p flag. Example:
getstyle -p ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Themes/MyTheme
This will create a theme pack (a new directory in either the current
directory or a directory you specify) named MyTheme.themed, containing
everything it requires, including all pixmap files. In this example,
the new theme pack would be made in your themes directory and be
immediately available in your "Themes" menu.
Additionally, you can put a text file named MyTheme.lsm in the MyTheme.themed
directory. This file can contain info like copyrights, credits or whatever.
To distribute your theme, just make a .tar.gz of the .themed directory.
This is preferably done from the same directory that you unpack the themes
from to maintain consistancy with the old theme format.
tar cvf MyTheme.tar Themes/MyTheme.themed
How To Delete a Theme Pack
Just remove the .themed directory. Example:
rm -fr themename.themed
How To Save Disk Space
If you have more than 1 theme that use the same huge background image,
you can delete all the duplicated files and then create hard links in
place of them. For example, if you have:
and all three files contain the same image, you can do:
ln theme1.themed/back.jpg theme2.themed/backimage.jpg
ln theme1.themed/back.jpg theme3.themed/back.jpg