Some Icon Theme Spec fixes

Alexander Larsson alexl at
Thu Apr 7 10:54:55 EEST 2005

On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 11:10 -0400, Rodney Dawes wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 12:24 +0200, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > I put the obvious fixes in cvs.
> Great. Thanks.
> > Does everyone agree with the /icons/$themename ->
> > themes/$themename/icons change, and will all current implementators
> > change this? 
> > 
> > While I see the reasons for this change it also means that old
> > applications using the old spec will totally fail to load icons from
> > themes using the latest specification. At the very least there is gonna
> > be a transition period where some icon themes don't work in some apps.
> > Is it really worth breaking apps to change this location?
> It seems to me that the same issue would have occurred when adding the
> XDG_DATA_* stuff to the spec, as it means new directories, for
> implementatins that didn't handle the Base Directory specification at
> the time. I don't think the original GnomeIconTheme implementation
> handled it, for example. I think it's worth it. The breakage isn't that
> bad. It means you need to create a symlink to ~/.themes/Name/icons/ as
> ~/.icons/Name. You would have to do similarly if you were still using an
> old version of gnome that doesn't handle the XDG_DATA_* variables. This
> change seems very worth it to me, to allow theme authors to provide one
> single tarball for an entire desktop theme, in the future.

No comments? Doesn't anyone have an opinion on whether we should break
forwards compatibility like this? What do the implementers think? Will
they implement this?

Its not exactly the same with XDG_DATA_*, because those are only set
manually by the user. No icon set ships installed in an special
directory that only the XDG_DATA env vars points to. However, with this
change the recommended place for icons is in a location where old apps
won't pick it up.

 Alexander Larsson                                            Red Hat, Inc 
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