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So last night I finally got Ubuntu. I downloaded some themes from gnome.look.org from the GTK 2.x section, and installed them according to Jester's tutorial. However, I get the message: "The File Format is Invalid" I'm a complete n00b to Linux. Do I need some other program to get these themes to work properly? Is there some setting I need to change?<br><br>
Thanks for any Help,<br>
pow3rtr1p
 

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How are you trying to install the theams? To install a theam, download the tarball (.tar.gz file), open the theam manager, and drag the tarball into the theam menu. Do NOT extract the archive!
 

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Try downloading another one (another theme not the same one again). Never did figure out why that happens. I guess some people submit the wrong file formats, in which case you can try doing it yourself by uncompressing the file and compressing it again with the file manager in Ubuntu with the appropiate file format (which I think is .tar.gz). I never tried this myself but It may work.<br><br>
Edit: The theme manger in Ubuntu requires the actual .tar.gz file, do not extract it. If it's some other file extension (like a .zip or .rar file) you're going to have to make the appropiate file type yourself (following the process I described above).
 

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I used the theme manager, and went to install themes, then browsed and found the .tar.gz file, and it gave me that message.<br><br>
Should the icon be a little cardboard box looking thing?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I used the theme manager, and went to install themes, then browsed and found the .tar.gz file, and it gave me that message.<br><br>
Should the icon be a little cardboard box looking thing?</div>
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Yes...<br>
Anyways, that happens to me also. Funny thing is that some do it and others (the same file extension) don't. Try extracting the files and repackaging them.
 

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How would I go about repackaging them? Like I said, complete n00b, so please bear with me.
 

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run "man tar" that will show you every thing you can to with tar file even with the .gz extention. "man gzip" will also give you more info on .gz extentions.<br>
That'll help you find out how to repack them. I don't remember all that stuff, thats way there are the man pages. There a ton of different option/flags.<br>
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I to get the same problem you are geting. I think its just b/c the person just didn't pack it right or left some file out of the package.
 

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Well it's done it with 5 themes so far... 1 actually worked, but the majority didn't.
 

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Were all those themes by the same creater do you know? Its never happened that often to me before.
 

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Go to File Archiver. If you don't have it in any of the menus you may have it hidden. In the menu (I think it's under Applications) you should have the Alacarte Menu Editor (I think that's what it's called) which lets you edit your menu. Select Accessories in the left pane and put a check on the Archive Manager. Close Alacarte and go to the Archive Manager (Applications>Accessories). Browse for the file you downloaded and extract it. Now create a new file (a .tar.gz file) and add all the new files to it (it's just like using Winzip or Winrar). Now you should be able to install the theme (using the new .tar file you created). Again, I have not tried this myself since I usually just download another theme to avoid headaches (and I use Beryl) so it may not work. Still, there is no harm in trying.
 

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dangit... that didn't work either.<br><br>
I think I may just leave it stock, then, if it's gonna be this difficult.
 

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Try getting some themes <a href="http://art.gnome.org/" target="_blank">here</a> and see if you have the same problem.
 

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Haha, I was just at that website.<br><br>
So, another question. What exactly will a Splash Screen change? Would Application Theme be what would change my windows bars and whatnot?<br><br>
It's all so confusing :'(
 

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Most of the themes in gnome-look should work. Make sure you are downloading themes from the right sections (GTK2.XX and Metacity). I get the same errors when trying to install some themes, but most end up working.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Haha, I was just at that website.<br><br>
So, another question. What exactly will a Splash Screen change? Would Application Theme be what would change my windows bars and whatnot?<br><br>
It's all so confusing :'(</div>
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Splash screen= that little box that pops up after you login and its loading the desktop and says probably Ubuntu or GNOME.<br>
Yes application themes change the windows bars and buttons and that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Haha, I was just at that website.<br><br>
So, another question. What exactly will a Splash Screen change? Would Application Theme be what would change my windows bars and whatnot?<br><br>
It's all so confusing :'(</div>
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Splash Screens are the screens you see while the desktop loads (the Ubuntu default is the little rectangle with Ubuntu written on it and status changes displayed at the bottom). To change it you will need to install the Gnome Splash Screen Manager from Synaptic (just make a search in Synaptic for splash screen manager).<br>
A theme package usually changes your window borders and bars as well as some bottons. You can install different costum themes and mix them up by going to the theme manager and selecting theme details (use the window boarders from one theme and bars from another).<br>
To install icons you follow the same process as installing themes. Just go to theme details and they should be under the icons tab.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Splash Screens are the screens you see while the desktop loads (the Ubuntu default is the little rectangle with Ubuntu written on it and status changes displayed at the bottom). <b>To change it you will need to install the Gnome Splash Screen Manager from Synaptic</b> (just make a search in Synaptic for splash screen manager).<br />
A theme package usually changes your window borders and bars as well as some bottons. You can install different costum themes and mix them up by going to the theme manager and selecting theme details (use the window boarders from one theme and bars from another).<br />
To install icons you follow the same process as installing themes. Just go to theme details and they should be under the icons tab.</div>

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</div>Man does Ubuntu have some graphical tool for doing every thing. The file extraction tool, slpash screen changer. I never know about this. What ever happened to the command line and gconf-editor. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
I might acually install Ubuntu know on my second rig just to see what all this is about.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Man does Ubuntu have some graphical tool for doing every thing. The file extraction tool, slpash screen changer. I never know about this. What ever happened to the command line and gconf-editor. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
I might acually install Ubuntu know on my second rig just to see what all this is about.</div>

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</div>It's for us lazy Americans<img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> . I guess that is why many say it's not "real Linux". Yet, it still has the command line.
 

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OK, well sicne I downloaded Ubuntu, I haven't loaded anything except for 1 CD. What programs would you guys recommend I get to get the most out of Linux?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">OK, well sicne I downloaded Ubuntu, I haven't loaded anything except for 1 CD. What programs would you guys recommend I get to get the most out of Linux?</div>

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</div>Supertux[game], supertux kart[game], amaroK should be installed (maybe) [music player], f-spot [photo manager], beryl [window manager w/ cool effects]
 
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