About default skin

Hi Topic, Users & Ardour Devs,

I compiled the last Beta7.1. It works better version by version. I just have a strange question about the Default Skin. Look at this print screen :


The GTK2 theme is Human under Ubuntu, but it’s half Ardour skin, half Ubuntu skin. The visual is horrible for me. I’m not a big fan of this grey skin, so is it a bug or is it the normal appareance ? :-F

Thanks for your work with Ardour2 ! :slight_smile:


Ohhhhhhhhhh… I am testing under Gnome and Ardour displays perfectly. Again a problem with Fluxbox I suppose. It’s not the first software which displays incorrectly with Fluxbox.

It sucks.

Hi, Ok I downloaded the svn version but for the moment I have the same problem like this topic http://ardour.org/node/489

I am waiting for the next Beta.

What version of svn do you have? Please, run “svn --version” and paste the output here.

svn, version 1.3.1 (r19032)
compiled May 8 2006, 07:38:44

Copyright © 2000-2006 CollabNet.
Subversion is open source software, see http://subversion.tigris.org/
This product includes software developed by CollabNet (http://www.Collab.Net/).

The following repository access (RA) modules are available:

  • ra_dav : Module for accessing a repository via WebDAV (DeltaV) protocol.
    • handles ‘http’ scheme
    • handles ‘https’ scheme
  • ra_svn : Module for accessing a repository using the svn network protocol.
    • handles ‘svn’ scheme
  • ra_local : Module for accessing a repository on local disk.
    • handles ‘file’ scheme

Is it possible for you to try upgrading to at least 1.3.2 and then trying again?

Re hi,

svn 1.3.2 installed. Ardour2 compiled… but same result.

No, that’s not normal, and it’s probably not an issue with Ardour either. I would suspect that it is an Ubuntu issue.

What should I do to resolve the problem ? Bug report in the Ubuntu website ?

We are including the plain clearlooks theme in our codebase to make ardour always use that theme engine. Be sure to check out later releases and report back whether this error is fixed.

I’m having the same problem with the GTK-Qt engine on Kubuntu 6.10, and I hope that the latest svn version fixes it… Anyway, when I try to compile the code I got from svn (never used it before :wink: it exits with the following error:

cd libs/sigc++2 && ./autogen.sh && cd -
Building macros.
./autogen.sh: 10: aclocal: not found
Building makefiles.
./autogen.sh: 13: automake: not found
Building configure.
./autogen.sh: 16: autoconf: not found
cd libs/sigc++2 && ./configure && cd -
sh: ./configure: not found
scons: *** [libs/sigc++2/sigc++config.h] Error 127
scons: building terminated because of errors.

(I’m not opening a new thread, since I suspect this is a rather trivial problem)

Any suggestions?

as a ubuntu-edgy user, i have switched away from the “human” and to the “clearlooks” scheme a while ago (actually that was in the breezy-badger days) in order to resolve the visibility issue in ardour. I really liked ubuntu’s much poo-pooed brown window borders, I am not ashamed to say, but it’s not worth it for me to worry too much about, and i much rather have readable (rather than light grey on white) writing in my ardour dialogues.

Long Live Ardour!


You need to install automake and autoconf. Make sure you have pkgconfig installed as well. These are standard tools on unix for compiling software.

Ah, ok… The sourcecode from the last beta release compiled fine, so I didn’t think about missing tools for the svn version. Thanks!

Ardour2 now compiled without errors.
The new version with the included clearlooks theme looks much better than the old beta for me (I couldn’t see any text in the beta with GTE-Qt), but some captions are still barely readable (grey on grey, e.g. the drop down menus and some of the buttons) or at least hard to read (white on grey).

See http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8485/ardour2svneq8.jpg

Will this be fixed, or is it a GTK-Qt problem (and I’ll have to switch my engine for ardour2 to display correctly)?

That isn’t what the Ardour theme looks like at all. That’s what Ardour looks like with no theme at all.

Well… At least the text is readable for the most part :wink:
I will try to compile the latest (svn) version of GTK-Qt later, maybe that helps.

Hi, I tested under Gnome and here are my results :

1/ I start with Human Theme (Ubuntu Defaut skin).Ardour diplays with his theme.
2/ I change for a another theme. Ardour take his own value, his
clearlook defaut theme and not the new theme. At this stage, all is
3/ I change again for Human Theme. Big problem : Ardour diplays with
Human Theme and not the Ardour theme (remember my screenshot).
4/ I change for a gtk theme : same situation like stage 2/.

My conclusion : something is wrong with the Human theme.

Are you Ok with this ? And are you sure Ardour2 doesn’t interfere with Human Theme ?
I think to post a bug report on Ubuntu website if you consider it’s totaly a Ubuntu bug.


Ok, I compiled the newest GTK-Qt from svn, but Ardour2 looked exactly like before with it. I finally decided to install and activate the ‘original’ clearlooks engine (Kubuntu doesn’t install it by default)… Anyway, here is the result:

Is this how Ardour2 is supposed to look?

I had the same look on a Slackware machine where i also used
GTK-qt engine.You don’t need GTK-qt.

Install the Clearlooks theme.
Get it here : http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=129376

…and make sure to select that theme
for your user.

Then it should look like the frontpage image.

look here --> http://ardour.org