Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Make Sudo Applications Beautiful


Have you every faced this problem wile using Synaptic, when Synaptic looks like some old Windows 95 application? The reason for this is that once you start changing the ugly Ubuntu themes those applications which run using the sudo command still use the ugly Windows 95 like sudo theme. To make it look pretty like your other applications do this.


Fire up your terminal and paste these commands in one by one:

sudo ln -s ~/.themes /root/.themes
sudo ln -s ~/.icons /root/.icons
sudo ln -s ~/.fonts /root/.fonts

Now your theme, fonts and icons will be carried on to your sudo account and applications running under sudo account will also look better, like this:



  1. Very nice idea, although I like the thought of my root-running apps looking different. Maybe set up one theme (with fire-engine-red in it?), then copy those config files to /root/.whatever and then re-setup your own personal theme? Sounds like a nice idea...

    Do not, however, that this setup doesn't apply to KDE apps, which are stored in a single folder ~/.kde/ rather than scattered about like GNOME config files are stored; if you wanted root to use this you'd copy (or link, for your example) like this:
    sudo cp -R /home/user/.kde/ /root/
    sudo cp -R /home/user/.kde4/ /root/

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