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[How-To] Customizing your SMS and Chat interface

13 January 2012Entry by

Getting bored with the old look of your SMS and chat screens? If so, open nature of Maemo allows you to tweak the look to your own preference.

Configuration files for Conversations And Contacts themes reside under the /usr/share/rtcom-messaging-ui/html/ directory. Backup the files if necessary.

First make your own theme with html-css-javascript or find one that suits you made by other enthusiasts on Talk Maemo or here.

In case if you downloaded the theme, unpack the downloaded archive to any directory, for example, ~/MyDocs/theme

cd ~/MyDocs

mkdir theme

Then, copy all files in the archive to the directory mentioned above:

cd ~/MyDocs/theme

sudo gainroot

cp -f * /usr/share/rtcom-messaging-ui/html

Because many downloaded themes include only files for SMS interface, copy them for chat interface:

sudo gainroot

cd /usr/share/rtcom-messaging-ui/html

cp -f MessagingWidgetsSMSConversation.css MessagingWidgetsChatConversation.css

cp -f MessagingWidgetsSMSConversation.js MessagingWidgetsChatConversation.js

cp -f MessagingWidgetsSMSConversation.html MessagingWidgetsChatConversation.html

Finally, reboot your phone,

sudo gainroot


Or kill the process:

sudo gainroot

killall rtcom-messaging-ui


Enjoy your new interface!


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