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So to install a theme for Docky on Ubuntu I had to extract the theme from the Archive Manager via root to /usr/local/share/docky/themes. I did this but it didn't show up in the theme choices. Then I tried just pressing the install button and locating it but I couldn't see the tar file. I then extracted the tar file to the desktop and tried selecting that to install but nothing. What am I doing wrong!?

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What theme are you trying to install? – Patches Mar 9 '11 at 7:24
Elegant, the one that looks like Mac OS – Earl Larson Mar 9 '11 at 7:24
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You have to restart Docky for a theme extracted to ~/.local/share/docky/themes or /usr/share/docky/themes to appear in the list.

Double-check the above directory and make sure there is a directory called Elegant with 5 .svg files inside. Then press ALT+F2, type in pkill docky, and press Enter. Docky will exit. Now press ALT+F2 again and type docky and press Enter. Docky will reappear.

The Elegant theme should now appear appear in the Theme dropdown when you click the blue anchor icon on the left side of Docky.

share|improve this answer I did EVERYTHING you said and it still did not show up. What is wrong!? – Earl Larson Mar 9 '11 at 7:46
@Earl The only thing I did differently is install it in my home directory, not /usr/, but that should work. I'll try it that way and see if it works. – Patches Mar 9 '11 at 7:51
@Earl: You need to put it in /usr/share/docky/themes/ not /usr/local/share/docky/themes. Since Ubuntu offers Docky in its repositories it doesn't put it in the /usr/local folder. – Patches Mar 9 '11 at 7:52
Thanks so much! They didn't give the directions correctly on the actual themes site... This was absolutely fantastic! – Earl Larson Mar 9 '11 at 7:57

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