Human, Human-Clearlooks and other themes have incorrect gray window title color

Bug #1721955 reported by Norbert on 2017-10-07
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
community-themes (Ubuntu)
compiz (Ubuntu)
gtk+2.0 (Ubuntu)
gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)
human-theme (Ubuntu)
marco (Ubuntu)
mate-themes (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Steps to reproduce:
1. Install Ubuntu 17.10 MATE or 18.04 LTS MATE
2. Install Human theme from `human-theme` package
3. Select Human theme from `mate-control-center` Appearance

Expected results:
window title color is set to Ubuntu's orange (#FFBE6B)

Actual results:
window title color is set to different gray/silver color (#a5a5a2)

other themes are affected too.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: human-theme 0.39.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-12.13-generic 4.13.3
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-12-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
CurrentDesktop: MATE
Date: Sat Oct 7 15:43:03 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-10-07 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-MATE 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Alpha i386 (20170925.1)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: human-theme
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :
summary: - human-theme has incorrect window title color
+ Human and Human-Clearlooks themes have incorrect grey window title color

You can see grey/silver window title in Human and Human-Clearlooks themes in attached screenshot.

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Correct colors of Human-Clearlooks theme in Xenial MATE are shown on screenshot.

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Bug exists in Ubuntu 17.10 MATE final.

Norbert (nrbrtx) on 2017-10-30
description: updated
tags: added: bionic

I got this bug on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS MATE while switched to the Compiz in mate-tweak. Human theme is has gray instead of orange.

tags: added: xenial
summary: - Human and Human-Clearlooks themes have incorrect grey window title color
+ Human and Human-Clearlooks themes have incorrect gray window title color
description: updated
Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

18.04 with all updates, bug is here.

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

18.04 LTS with all updates, bug exists.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in human-theme (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Tina Russell (tinarussell) wrote :

This bug boggles my mind. Looking at the human-theme Launchpad code page it looks like the code for the Human theme packages hasn’t been updated since 2011. Why would it stop working now?! Maybe a bug needs to be filed with GTK?

(I’m also using Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS. This problem began for me when I upgraded from 16.04 LTS.)

I’d like to see this fixed, the Human theme was the last vestige of the 2000s-era Ubuntu I loved :(

Norbert (nrbrtx) on 2018-04-23
description: updated
summary: - Human and Human-Clearlooks themes have incorrect gray window title color
+ Human, Human-Clearlooks and other themes have incorrect gray window
+ title color
Tina Russell (tinarussell) wrote :

My hunch is that this has to do with how the Human themes have theme definitions for GTK2 but not GTK3—other themes like this seem to be having similar problems, now.

The best workaround I’ve found is this one: It took a little bit of fidgeting for me to get this to work correctly, and there are still some bugs, but someone has created workable new versions of the Human themes. Personally, I used the “Human Quarny Clearlooks” theme, by copying its folder (renaming it “Human-Quarny-Clearlooks”) into “~/.themes”, then copying the “metacity-1” folder from “Human Quarny” into “Human-Quarny-Clearlooks”, and updating the index.theme file to rename the theme “Human Quarny Clearlooks” and then specify the sub-themes (except for icon theme, which stays “Humanity”) as “Human-Quarny-Clearlooks” instead of just “Human”). …That was way too complicated, but just copying the theme folders into “~.themes” created four or so different “Human” themes in the “Appearance” theme selector, and I had a feeling that madness lied that way.

Oh, and the most obvious bug I’ve found is that some applications (like Emacs and Geany) have a weird scrollbar issue where the scrollbar slider is drawn but never un-drawn, so if you slide it around pretty soon your whole scrollbar is orange. (I note this here as a precaution and to see if anyone else has the same problem—after all, I did install the theme in a rather wacky fashion)

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Dear Tina!

I'll try your complicated method, you can participate in discussion on MATE Community - .

Norbert (nrbrtx) on 2019-01-27
tags: added: cosmic disco
removed: artful
Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Still a problem for Ubuntu MATE 19.04 beta2.

Changed in mate-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in marco (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Really it was started to appear with 16.10, so all 16.10, 17.04, 17.10, 18.04 LTS, 18.10 and 19.04 are affected.

Norbert (nrbrtx) on 2019-04-21
tags: added: eoan
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