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Cannot see text in firefox (SOLVED)
« on: June 29, 2016, 02:35:39 pm »
Hi I am using the Peppermix Dark 7 Red theme not sure if that is affecting my ability to see text in firefox. It is mainly in any search bars. I looked around to see what can be changed and can't quite find what it is I need to change.. Any thoughts would be appreciated.   Daver
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2016, 03:05:48 pm »
This is a known problem with  Firefox and dark gtk system themes, which is why we added the "Firefox Themer" to lock Firefox to a "light" theme.

Go to:-
menu > Preferences > Firefox Themer

Tick "Force light theme" .. and click "OK"

Now close ALL running instances of Firefox .. including SSB's .. and restart Firefox.
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2016, 07:20:09 pm »
Yes I've been having the same problem but this was online banking via firejail - so I did just what Mark said in the post above & while it works for a normal instance of Firefox it doesnt when its under firejail? However if I change to a system-wide light theme that works under firejail too - thing is I would like use firejail & keep the dark theme??  ::)

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2016, 07:34:16 pm »
There's a dark full theme for Firefox that appears to work well called FT DeepDark
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/ft-deepdark/
maybe you could give that a shot.

Just go to the above link and click the "Add to firefox" green button .. then click "Install" .. then click "Restart"
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2016, 07:48:33 pm »
So thats with the system-wide dark theme then Mark?

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2016, 09:05:53 pm »
No, the systemwide "Peppermix" dark gtk themes (in fact nearly all systemwide dark gtk themes) don't work well with Firefox (as you've seen) .. but FT DeepDark isn't a systemwide gtk theme .. it's purely a Firefox theme.

I asked the author of FT DeepDark if we could include it out of the box, but he respectfully declined .. I think it may have been some kind of distribution limitation imposed by mozilla if you want it listed in their addons pages or something .. it wasn't him just being awkward, in fact he said he might work with us a custom FF theme just for Peppermint in the future :)
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2016, 05:14:13 am »
I'm afraid that isn't going to work Mark - when I'm doing online banking firejail loads firefox's factory default browser configuration - no addons, extentions, plugins etc but it obviously uses the system-wide theme & the firefox themer app has no effect when under firejail (but it does on a normal instance of firefox, just as it should). So I dont know if it is to do with the profile firejail loads for firefox & what precisely the firefox themer app does?
My issue is that I would like to run a system-wide dark theme however I need to have firefox running a "readable" theme when I'm using it, which would be the case if I will be using a normal instance of firefox with the firefox themer having activated force light theme (& I fully accept & am ok with that situation) but, under firejail, the only way I can do it at the moment is to go to a system-wide light theme  :-\

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2016, 06:43:07 am »
Explain to me how you start a firefox instance with firejail ?

Because we need to launch firefox with
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env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7 firejail firefox
which will launch a firejailed version of firefox, but with the Peppermix-Light-7 theme applied
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2016, 07:53:59 am »
We're gonna have to stop meeting lke this Mark  :D LOL
Well afternoon now - I created a secure-firefox.desktop file:

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[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Secured Firefox
GenericName=Secured Firefox
Exec=firejail --private --dns=8.8.8.8 --dns=8.8.4.4 firefox -no-remote
Categories=Network
Icon=firefox-nightly.png
Terminal=false
[close]


then moved it to /usr/share/applications/ & updated desktop database (It was a tutorial I found whilst researching firejail.
So Mark would amending the' Exec' line to read:

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Exec=env GTK_THEME=Peppermix-Light-7 firejail --private --dns=8.8.8.8 --dns=8.8.4.4 firefox -no-remote 
work? :)

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2016, 08:11:05 am »
I would think so .. give it a shot ;)
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2016, 08:23:53 am »
I already have - couldnt resist  ::) Works a treat - just the job
Cheers Mark  :D
(Would mark it as SOLVED but I didnt start this thread)

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2016, 08:52:43 am »
You're welcome Bigouef :)
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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2016, 11:16:51 am »
Thanks You that fixed it!  Much appreciated.. Used many types of linux I must say I like Peppermint the best.. Maybe the icons could be a little better but I still like it alot.


This is a known problem with  Firefox and dark gtk system themes, which is why we added the "Firefox Themer" to lock Firefox to a "light" theme.

Go to:-
menu > Preferences > Firefox Themer

Tick "Force light theme" .. and click "OK"

Now close ALL running instances of Firefox .. including SSB's .. and restart Firefox.

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2016, 11:39:53 am »
Cheers Daver :)

When you're hapy your topic has been (SOLVED) can you please remember to mark it so .. it helps future searchers find a known working solution.

You can mark a topic (SOLVED) by editing the FIRST posting in the topic and appending "(SOLVED" to the "Subject:" line.

Thanks in advance :)

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Re: Cannot see text in firefox
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2016, 12:11:21 pm »
Maybe the icons could be a little better but I still like it alot.

Hi Daver
That's where the fun of customisation comes in. Peppermint 7 gives you that stable base.   Now you can start making it your own. Check out the forums and you will find lots of ideas posted by members.

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