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#1 2020-02-20 09:34:50

xfce_curious
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Mousepad: new themes?

Hi all,

I hope this is the correct place to ask. If not please feel free to move it:

I thought I'd try editing a few of the themes for Mousepad, and then save them to a local config, just as the instructions provide for terminal. But I can neither any information about Mousepad nor can I find any obvious location on my system for where the existing themes for it are stored.

Is this possible? Can I do something like

~/.local/share/xfce4/mousepad/colorschemes/

and put my files in there?

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#2 2020-02-20 11:47:38

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

Hello and welcome.

Yes, Mousepad can make use of gtksourceview styles (color schemes). If you put them in ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles, mousepad will pick them up.

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#3 2020-02-20 12:59:48

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

strangely, that didn't finally work.

Did the expected - restart etc. but nope, no new theme options appear. To be sure I hadn't corrupted any formatting I just copied a theme from /usr/share dir, made a small edit, and saved the file in suggested location. Not picked up by Mousepad.

It's possible my installation is missing something. It's xfce4 on top of a base Arch install, that said though I did install xfce4 and xfce4-goodies as groups.

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#4 2020-02-20 18:08:19

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

That's odd. Try running this command:

gsettings set org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme 'STYLE'

...where STYLE is the name of an xml style file in ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles.

Example:

gsettings set org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme 'build'

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#5 2020-02-20 18:31:24

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

I simply get no output at all.

Doesn't throw any errors or indeed messages. And yes gsettings is installed, I simply have no output. Nor has Mousepad picked up any additional options.

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#6 2020-02-20 23:02:18

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

Really odd. I just built an Arch-based Xfce install and all I had to do was drop a style file in that location and restart mousepad. Can I see:

ls -l ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles

...as well as the content of the file you put in there?

Also, the results of:

gsettings get org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme

Note: I've been using the styles from here.

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#7 2020-02-20 23:25:52

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

Sure, here you go. Just a note before I paste the output - when you said "all I had to do was drop a style file in that location" well, I had to create

gtksourceview-3.0/

and subdirs as they didn't exist.

If it's helpful to you (and thank you for trying to help, it's very much appreciated), once I'd finished installing xfce on top of Arch and I created my user, using the `useradd -m` option in fact only created the folder

/home/<username>/

but NOT any of the expected subdirectories below it. So, when trying to solve another recent problem and which was the fact that the folders I had to add into /home/<username> such as "Downloads" or "Documents" were not correctly displaying their icons, I discovered that the file

~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

didn't exist. After creating this file and logging back in all was well. So, it's possible that something wasn't quite set up correctly when creating my user account?

Output of

ls -l ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles

total 8
-rw-r--r-- 1 alan alan 4340 Feb 20 12:10 my-solarized-dark.xml

Output of

gsettings get org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme

'my-solarized-dark.xml'

The theme file above is simply a copy of the supplied 'solarized-dark` but in which I changed the background colour (I believe) to black. So:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!--

  This file is part of GtkSourceView

  Copyright (C) 2011 Craig Russell
  Author: Craig Russell <craig@craig-russell.co.uk>

  GtkSourceView is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
  modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
  License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
  version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

  GtkSourceView is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
  Lesser General Public License for more details.

  You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
  License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
  Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301  USA

-->
<style-scheme id="solarized-dark" _name="Solarized Dark" version="1.0">
  <author>Craig Russell</author>
  <_description>Color scheme using Solarized dark color palette</_description>

  <!-- Solarized Palette -->
  <color name="base03"  value="#000000"/>
  <color name="base02"  value="#073642"/>
  <color name="base01"  value="#586E75"/>
  <color name="base00"  value="#657B83"/>
  <color name="base0"   value="#839496"/>
  <color name="base1"   value="#93A1A1"/>
  <color name="base2"   value="#EEE8D5"/>
  <color name="base3"   value="#FDF6E3"/>
  <color name="yellow"  value="#B58900"/>
  <color name="orange"  value="#CB4B16"/>
  <color name="red"     value="#DC322F"/>
  <color name="magenta" value="#D33682"/>
  <color name="violet"  value="#6C71C4"/>
  <color name="blue"    value="#268BD2"/>
  <color name="cyan"    value="#2AA198"/>
  <color name="green"   value="#859900"/>

  <color name="base03-02-blend" value="#032F3B"/>

  <!-- Global Settings -->
  <style name="text"                        foreground="base1" background="base03"/>
  <style name="selection"                   foreground="base03" background="base00"/>
  <style name="cursor"                      foreground="base1"/>
  <style name="secondary-cursor"            foreground="base00"/>
  <style name="current-line"                background="base02"/>
  <style name="line-numbers"                foreground="base01" background="base02"/>
  <style name="background-pattern"          background="base03-02-blend"/>

  <!-- Bracket Matching -->
  <style name="bracket-match"               foreground="base03" background="base01"/>
  <style name="bracket-mismatch"            foreground="red" background="base01"/>

  <!-- Right Margin -->
  <style name="right-margin"                foreground="base2" background="base1"/>

  <!-- Search Matching -->
  <style name="search-match"                foreground="base03" background="yellow"/>

  <!-- Comments -->
  <style name="def:comment"                 foreground="base01"/>
  <style name="def:shebang"                 foreground="base01" bold="true"/>
  <style name="def:doc-comment-element"     italic="true"/>

  <!-- Constants -->
  <style name="def:constant"                foreground="cyan"/>
  <style name="def:special-char"            foreground="green"/>

  <!-- Identifiers -->
  <style name="def:identifier"              foreground="blue"/>

  <!-- Statements -->
  <style name="def:statement"               foreground="orange"/>

  <!-- Types -->
  <style name="def:type"                    foreground="yellow"/>

  <!-- Operators -->
  <style name="def:operator"                foreground="green"/>

  <!-- Others -->
  <style name="def:preprocessor"            foreground="violet"/>
  <style name="def:error"                   foreground="red" bold="true"/>
  <style name="def:note"                    foreground="magenta" bold="true"/>
  <style name="def:underlined"              italic="true" underline="single"/>

  <!-- Heading styles, uncomment to enable -->
  <!--
  <style name="def:heading0"                scale="5.0"/>
  <style name="def:heading1"                scale="2.5"/>
  <style name="def:heading2"                scale="2.0"/>
  <style name="def:heading3"                scale="1.7"/>
  <style name="def:heading4"                scale="1.5"/>
  <style name="def:heading5"                scale="1.3"/>
  <style name="def:heading6"                scale="1.2"/>
  -->
</style-scheme>

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#8 2020-02-20 23:58:54

ToZ
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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

xfce_curious wrote:

but NOT any of the expected subdirectories below it. So, when trying to solve another recent problem and which was the fact that the folders I had to add into /home/<username> such as "Downloads" or "Documents" were not correctly displaying their icons, I discovered that the file

~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

didn't exist. After creating this file and logging back in all was well. So, it's possible that something wasn't quite set up correctly when creating my user account?

That shouldn't matter, however, if you install the xdg-user-dirs package, it will create all those folders for you automatically and the user-dirs.dirs file.

Output of

gsettings get org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme

'my-solarized-dark.xml'

Try again without the xml part:

gsettings set org.xfce.mousepad.preferences.view color-scheme 'my-solarized-theme'

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#9 2020-02-21 09:22:21

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

nothing.

No output, nothing changes, Mousepad not picked it up, nor is it available.

p.s. yes, thank you, I did install that user-dirs package. Am slightly surprised it wasn't included in either xorg or xfce4 groups.

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#10 2020-02-21 11:20:10

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

Solved it! (with thanks for your help)

I followed one of the above links you posted to the Gtk styles page. I clicked on one of them, copied and pasted the raw text into a local '.xml' file, and which Mousepad picked up immediately (expected behaviour).

I opened the installed Gtk styles under the /usr/share, and copied and pasted one into local and renamed the file. I renamed the file "solarized-dark.xml" to "solarized-other.xml". Mousepad didn't pick this one up.

Why? Because I had to also change the title of that file at the first lines of the xml file description:

<style-scheme id="solarized-dark" _name="Solarized Dark" version="1.0">

became

<style-scheme id="solarized-other" _name="Solarized Other" version="1.0">

Thanks again though - a small thing but very useful, and good to know that my install isn't borked smile

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#11 2020-02-21 12:03:15

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Re: Mousepad: new themes?

Good catch. I was only using new themes for my testing.

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