Themes randomly reverting to Gnome Default

Bug #693832 reported by Kupfer on 2010-12-23
This bug affects 7 people
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Bug Description

When logging in to Ubuntu the Ambiance and Radiance (and other themes) randomly revert to Gnome default.
Just accessing Appearence settings results in partial recovery (in my case the panels - with Nautilus keeping the wrong theme), but when logging in again, the problem starts anew.
Also, If - as a reaction to the bug appearing - I select my desired theme (in my case Ambiance) again in the Appearence settings and log out and back in, and the bug appears, the previously selected Ambiance is shown as "custom" theme in Appearence.

There is already a bug filed for this with useful information about the nature of the bug:
However, no activity regarding the bug report except "me too"-reports has led me to file the report again.

The following Ubuntuforums thread also provides a whole lot of information about the bug, as reports of it appearing are piling up:

There is speculation that the problem has to do with the gnome-settings-daemon not running on startup and/or with the nvidia-current-modaliases package. All symptoms are described in detail in the original bug report and more importantly, the forum thread. I will attach the screenshot of my desktop during the bug to this report.

I want to apologize for filing this bug report again if the problem is indeed being currently looked at. But no activity regarding the first bug report has some of us worried, because this is a pretty severe problem. I already uninstalled Maverick because of it and I'm using Lucid until the issue has been resolved.

Kupfer (tamas-kadas) wrote :
Rookcifer (rookcifer) wrote :

I would like to add my consternation about this bug. It is getting bad enough for me that I am thinking of dumping Ubuntu Maverick all together. Even worse, no developers seem the slightest bit interested, which is concerning.

Giorgio Wicklein (giowck) wrote :

I noticed that this bug happens to me only if my 2 netbooks (Asus EEE PC 1005HA, Hp mini 10").
On my main Desktop, all works fine...

Maybe it's only laptop related?

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