I installed Mathemaica on Arch Linux several days ago. Everything is well, except for the fact that menus in the GUI look real bad. I have things set up in a way that Qt apps (such as Mathematica) should mimic GTK styles as closely as possible.

However, Mathematica's GUI menu looks rather crappy (side-by-side comparison with a nicely-looking Qt app): Mathematica GUI menus

Has anyone who runs Mathematica on Linux experienced this issue? Any solutions?

N.B. Also posted here.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know the present situation, but in the past Mathematica shipped with its private Qt libraries. Replacing those with the system Qt would allow Mathematica to pick up the system style. It would also break Mathematica sometimes, which means that it wasn't a good idea to do it just for the looks. I don't know the present situation. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Oct 23, 2015 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs: Do you know of any configuration files read by those Qt libraries? $\endgroup$
    – d125q
    Oct 23, 2015 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ I don't see any menus in your screen capture. I just see two tabbed dialog windows. Where are the menus that bother you? $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Oct 23, 2015 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ @d125q Sorry, I don't. If I remember correctly, when I tried this, I simply renamed the Qt libraries that shipped with Mma and put symlinks to the system Qt libraries. You might try this, but try to use the same version if you can (don't mix Qt 4 and 5 as they're not compatible). $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Oct 23, 2015 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @m_goldberg: Those tabbed windows are what I refer to as menus. $\endgroup$
    – d125q
    Oct 23, 2015 at 15:39


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