After trying out GNOME 3.2.x enough and giving it enough chance I've decided to finally migrate to Linux Mate graphical environment (the fork of gnome 2 for modern PCs).
I have to say I'm running Debian 9 Stretch on my upgraded Thinkpad R61, after 2 / 3 days upgrade operations from Debian 7 to Debian 8, from Debian 8 to 9.
Just Migrated to Mate all looked fine, but just as I wanted to make the look and feel identical to GNOME 2, I played with Appearance because I wanted to apply theme Adwaita the one, the one so popular since the glorious times when GNOME 2 was a king of the Linux Desktop.
To add additional themes to MATE, I've installed
gnome-themes-standard package, e.g.
apt-get install --yes gnome-themes-standard
This package provides a number of Themes I could choose from and one of them is Adwaita Not surprisingly, I faced a theme issue
it complains about window manager theme "Adwaita" missing.
Using the example for Adwaita
mate-appearance-properties gives, I believe this is the "Proper" way to fix it, so do the following in order;
The quick and dirty way when using it
- Select Adwaita theme
Click on Customise
- Select the Window Border tab
- Select window border theme "TraditionalOk" and close
A Permanent Fix to the Adwaita missing its Theme Manager using terminal / console
I found that all I had to do to resolve the issue permanently was to do this;
And change at the bottom where it says
I know why this works, I just do not know why Adwaita can't use its own Metacity theme without issues, aside from what the kind people at
irc.freenode.net said about Adwaita previously relying on Mutter.
Feel free to tell me if up explained did not work for you or if you have a better way to deal with the Adwaita missing manager theme issueso far I believe the problem is resolved correctly.