gtkrc is producing light menus from dark elements

Bug #961679 reported by Doug McMahon on 2012-03-21
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)
Marco Trevisan (Treviño)

Bug Description


Menu items for apps using gtk2 use a light color, which is inconsistent with all other system apps using gtk3 and that are using dark menus.

[Test case]

Right click on any window's title bar
In app window menus of gtk 2 apps, examples - synaptic, browsers where global menus aren't used, vlc with no global menu, ect.
Right click in a browser's menu bar
Systray right click menus

The in app window context menu of gtk2 windows should be dark.

[Regression potential]

Menu items not usable or readable in some apps.

ProblemType: BugDistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: light-themes [modified: usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/apps/nautilus.css usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/gtk.css usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/settings.ini usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/close.png usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/close_focused_normal.png usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/close_focused_prelight.png usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/close_focused_pressed.png usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml]
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-19.30-generic-pae 3.2.11
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-19-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.94.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Mar 21 17:42:27 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta i386 (20120301)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
 SHELL=/bin/bashSourcePackage: light-themes
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Related branches

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Doug McMahon (mc3man) on 2012-08-09
tags: added: quantal regression-release
removed: i386
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2013-03-08
affects: light-themes (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu)
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this bug to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 12.04 (precise) reached end-of-life on April 28, 2017.

See this document for currently supported Ubuntu releases:

We appreciate that this bug may be old and you might not be interested in discussing it any more. But if you are then please upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version and re-test.

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Marco Trevisan (Treviño) (3v1n0)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-themes - 16.10+17.10.20171012.1-0ubuntu1

ubuntu-themes (16.10+17.10.20171012.1-0ubuntu1) artful; urgency=medium

  * Ambiance, Radiance: use toolbar-mode gradients on titlebars for
    maximized windows (LP: #1717023, #1721440)
  * Ambiance,Radiance: notebook active tab uses wrong gradient when in
  * Ambiance, Radiance: fix gradients for suggested-action hover, active
    and backdrop states
  * gtk2: Ambiance, Radiance: inherit style fixes from MATE themes (LP:

 -- Marco Trevisan (Treviño) <> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:19:32 +0000

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I'll go ahead and accept this but the bug is missing an SRU test case and regression potential.

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed verification-needed-xenial

Hello Doug, or anyone else affected,

Accepted ubuntu-themes into xenial-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation on how to enable and use -proposed.Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested and change the tag from verification-needed-xenial to verification-done-xenial. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed-xenial. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

description: updated
ventrical (dale-f-beaudoin) wrote :

Update, proposed.

in ambiance, dark background menus, radiance, light.

ventrical (dale-f-beaudoin) wrote :


I examined another install on another machine with proposed off and do not have this bug.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed verification-needed-xenial

Thank you for taking the time to verify this stable release fix. We have noticed that you have used the verification-done tag for marking the bug as verified and would like to point out that due to a recent change in SRU bug verification policy fixes now have to be marked with per-release tags (i.e. verification-done-$RELEASE). Please remove the verification-done tag and add one for the release you have tested the package in. Thank you!

tags: added: verification-done-xenial
Ads20000 (ads20000) wrote :

Removing tag as per bot's comment

tags: removed: verification-done
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-themes - 14.04+16.04.20171116-0ubuntu1

ubuntu-themes (14.04+16.04.20171116-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  * gtk2: Ambiance, Radiance: inherit style fixes from MATE themes (LP:

 -- Marco Trevisan (Treviño) <> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:35:19 +0000

Changed in ubuntu-themes (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for ubuntu-themes has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Scilab is still affected - see bug 1547561.

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