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Change GTK theme for forwarded X11 session
This fixes the situation where applications have ugly GTK themes when run using ssh -X from another computer.
This fix works on openSUSE 11.4. I don't claim that it will work on anything else, but at least it may lead you in the right direction.
On the ssh host do the following.
cd /etc/gtk-2.0/ mv gtkrc gtkrc.save ln -s /usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-2.0/gtkrc gtkrc
This example uses the oxygen-gtk theme as the default, you may not have that installed or you might want a different theme. Take a look in the /usr/share/themes directory to see what your options are.
2011-10-04, T. Sneddon