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I have downloaded and installed a new theme before in my fedora machine.

However, I got this warning when I load gvim, nautilus every time.

(gvim:4629): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "murrine",
(gvim:4629): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "equinox",

How can I download this theme engine?? and remove this warning?

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Install gtk-engines package from your distro's repository. If there's not a gtk-engines package, search for a package with a similar name, you shall find one.

For ubuntu the package name is gtk2-engines. You may need to reinstall the package:

$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall gtk2-engines
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I am using fedora, how can i Download that from distro? I am a linux new bie :( – Kit Ho Sep 20 '11 at 13:46
AFAIR, Fedora uses Yum to get packages, if so, try running "yum install gtk-engines" from your terminal. – MilanorTSW Sep 20 '11 at 14:40
Alternatively, try downloading an rpm package for your architecture from here: and install it using "rpm -i <package-name>". – MilanorTSW Sep 20 '11 at 14:47
i reinstalled (with the mentioned command), and the error repeated. (i'm actually trying to run a Qt4 on Mint 17) – Berry Tsakala Dec 21 '15 at 13:32

If it's unable to find the engine, it means you haven't installed them yet. Simply do someting like this:

sudo yum install gtk2-engines gtk-murrine-engine gtk-equinox-engine
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this is a correcter answer as the other one doesn't say anything about the murrine or equinox engine – DarkMukke Jan 26 '13 at 10:19
Packages are named gtk2-engines-murrine and gtk2-engines-equinox for some distributions. – Wallacoloo Apr 3 '13 at 21:53
it is "gtk2-engines-murrine" in ubuntu. Perhaps you should also consider installing "murrine-themes" – HongboZhu Dec 9 '13 at 9:16

People experiencing this problem with, eg Acrobat Reader on 64bit installs should try this:

sudo apt-get install gkt2-murrine-engine:i386

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could u elaborate Usage of gkt2murrine engine? – BlueBerry - Vignesh4303 Aug 30 '13 at 7:58
I've no idea what it does under the hood, just that Acrobat Reader complains if it's missing, and doesn't if it's present. There are accounts of problems with older versions of vmware-player requiring gtk2-murrine-engine as well. – John Morton Sep 1 '13 at 2:15

On Ubuntu 13.10 the command i needed was:

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386

I know the question is about fedora but I ended up here where one of the answers pointed me in the right direction.

Just in case it would be helpful to others.

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works on 64 bit too – Lynob Jul 1 '14 at 11:30

If none of the other answers solved your problem, you can also try

sudo apt-get install libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a libgtkmm-2.4-dev

This worked for me (Ubuntu 14.04 x64, Gnome 3.12). I already had the gtk2-engines-murrine installed (both i386 and x64), and changing the GTK_MODULES didn't do anything for me.

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Thank you. I had the exact same problem and this solution worked like charm – CHID Nov 1 '15 at 6:29

How about installing package gnome-themes-standard. Try sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard or similar command in the corresponding way depending on what linux package management used.

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This worked for me: Using Synaptic, search for 'gnome-themes' As a side-effect that will also list an entry gtk2-engines So just install gtk2-engines, i.e. Mark for installation and Apply

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I installed sudo apt-get install libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a libgtkmm-2.4-dev But gives that error again.Then I download murrine-0.90.3.tar.gz and

tar -xvf murrine-0.90.3.tar.gz
cd murrine-0.90.3
make install

now works. no errors.hope this helps someone.

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