Customizing the Look&Feel


There are a number aspects of QluMan’s appearance that can be customized: Specific component dependent customization is possible as well as choosing general fonts, colors and the widget style.

QluMan Preferences

The QluMan Preferences dialog

In the QluMan Preferences dialog, one is able to customize specific parts of the QluMan GUI Look&Feel. The tree on the right shows all the settings available for customization. Each QluMan component may have its specific settings, so the options available there depend on the components installed on a particular cluster.

To change a setting, select the component to be customized, e.g. Slurm  [Accounting  Colors. In this example, one can set the colors that are used to indicate Slurm accounts, users, users in their default accounts and the root user. To change a color, select the property in question and hit the Edit button. A color-picker dialog will then come up. Select the new color and click OK. Among others, one is also able to customize the column height of the Job Management and More Information tables here.

Customizing general Properties

Since QluMan is a QT application, it’s general Look&Feel can be controlled with KDE tools. Select the Manage Cluster  Preferences menu entry to bring up the _KDE System Settings dialog. Now click on the Application Appearance icon and you’ll have the options to modify fonts, colors and style.

Customizing general Fonts

When you click on the Fonts icon, you’ll see a list of different font identifiers, for which you can change the font settings. The relevant identifiers affecting QluMan are: General, Menu and Window Title. Changing one of the values and clicking the Apply button changes the corresponding font on the fly.

Customizing general Colors

Customizing QluMan’s colors.

Click on the Colors icon and choose the Colors tab. There you can adjust the color of the different elements of the QluMan GUI. You can narrow down the color identifiers to the ones affecting particular GUI elements, by choosing a specific color set with the corresponding pull-down menu. Changing one of the values and clicking the Apply button, changes the corresponding color on the fly.

Cloning KDE Settings

If you’re using KDE4 on you’re desktop, instead of configuring using the System Settings dialog, you can also move /root/.kde/share/config to /root/.kde/share/config.bak and copy your personal configured .kde/share/config directory to /root/.kde/share. As long as you’re not using any non-standard KDE themes, this should just apply the favorite desktop settings you’re familiar with to QluMan, when running it on a remote machine like the cluster head- or FE-node (restart of QluMan GUI required).

Customizing the Widget Style

Changing the widget style can be a little more involved. First you need to start the QT configurator qtconfig and choose a GUI style (default is QtCurve). The following assumes, you’re running qluman-qt on the head- or FE-node. In case you have it installed on your workstation, just execute qtconfig there.

0 user@workstation ~ $
ssh -X root@servername qtconfig

Selecting a widget style

When you’re done, select File  Save and you’ll already see the changes. After this, you can exit qtconfig. If you want further customization of the widget style (note that only some styles are configurable, among them QtCurve), you can now go back to the Application Appearance dialog (see above), click on the Style icon, choose the style you’ve selected in qtconfig as Widget style and press the Configure…​ button. You’ll then see a large number of options for

Customizing the QtCurve widget style

customization. When you’re satisfied with your modifications, press the OK button and finally the Apply button of the Style  System Settings window. Note, that you will see the resulting changes only after performing some actions (pressing a button, etc.) in the QluMan GUI.

For additional widget style variants apart from the default of QtCurve, you can install additional kde-style packages (.e.g kde-style-oxygen) on the machine, where you’re executing the QluMan GUI.

Making 'graying out' work

Depending on the KDE theme and settings, disabled texts, buttons, icons or menu entries are not rendered as grayed out. Instead they are rendered like normal text, buttons, icons and menu entries, but can not be selected with the mouse. This is rather confusing. A quick fix we found for this issue is editing ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals and removing/commenting out all lines of the form "ForegroundNormal=…​". After saving and restarting qluman-qt graying out should work.