ThemePackageSpec (aka Metathemes)

Rodney Dawes dobey.pwns at
Tue Jun 2 10:47:07 PDT 2009

The biggest issues I see, are icon themes, cursor themes, and sound
themes. These are currently installed in separate paths from other
theme bits, and cursors and icons are both under icons, which is yet
another issue. I think the best way forward is to probably get the
specs for those themes updated to install under themes/$NAME/$type
first, with the current paths listed for backward compat, but as
deprecated, before getting some spec together that either moves them
all to some other place independently, or requires lots of code to
magically install/uninstall them to/from the correct places listed
in the respective specifications.

On Tue, 2009-06-02 at 11:28 +0200, Stephan Arts wrote:
> Hi All,
> At the Ubuntu Developers Summit in Barcelona, there was a discussion
> about artwork. One comment was made about metathemes, packages where
> designers can place several coherent themes that can be installed and
> used together.
> I mentioned the ThemePackageSpec[0], a draft specification that still
> needs some work but is designed to adress this precise issue.
> Last time I proposed this spec, it received little response[1] (except
> for the #gnome-art irc-channel, on which aruiz and thos were really
> helpfull)
> Now, i'd like to try again.
> 'Could you please shoot the spec to bits?' ^_~
> If we can have a solid discussion about how it can be improved, maybe
> we can work on some cross-desktop implementations during the following
> months.
> Kind regards,
> Stephan
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