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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Solved - Eclipse looks good in Ubuntu Now!

This is a follow up post that solved an issue I had. This post will also illustrate how to run a GTK application on a different theme
Recently I posted that Eclipse on Ubuntu is the Ugly Betty. I was looking for a Theme that would make it look better(and a way to use it only for eclipse).

A digg commentor suggested that I get Clearlooks Compact Theme.
Another commentor (Victor Ott) suggested that I install a plugin That will save some screen real estate. I tried both. While the plugin is good, It makes eclipsel lose its easthetics. I then saw this post. So I improvised a little more.. Mixed all the ideas.

First get the Libertarian fonts, as described in max's post. (They are really good indeed, I even made them my gnome defaults).
Then, Download this archive and extract in the eclipse directory. And "chmod 755 ec" . Thats it! run ec instead of eclipse.

What this does:
The gtkrc-sar is a theme rc for GTK engine. Think of it as a CSS in HTML page, to GTK application.
ec is just a script that starts up eclipse with gtkrc-sar by setting the local environment variable GTK2_RC_FILES

Here is how it looks in human theme:


I have (a little personalised) dust theme, Black title bars - Libertarian fonts, et al. And here is how it looks:
Eclipse - after - with liberation fonts

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