Using Adwaita Dark for your linux desktop: fixing the desktop icon color.

I was getting a bit tired of the old grey gradients of the default Gnome3 theme in Fedora 16 (Adwaita) so I poked around and found that there is a hacked Adwaita Dark theme that uses the color scheme you see in a couple of multimedia apps in regular Adwaita for all the desktop (basically, turns everything dark).

You can download it from this website.

It looks pretty spiffy, but it has a small drawback: if you’re using Nautilus icons on the desktop (which is not the default in Gnome3) the icon names have a very dark text.

This was probably overlooked because the original author wasn’t using them.

Here is the easy fix: go to your Adwaita Dark theme’s gtk-3.0 folder (probably ~/.themes/Adwaita Dark/ ) and edit gnome-applications.css with your favorite text editor and change the .nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item selector like this:

.nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item {
 /\* Was Originally:
 \* color: @theme\_bg\_color;
/\* Fixed version: \*/
color: @theme\_text\_color;
/\* End of the fix \*/
text-shadow:1 1 black;

Yes, it’s really that easy: one line of CSS! The theme should update in realtime.

If it doesn’t try changing it and back, or logging out. Enjoy!

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