Associating mime types with icons - broken?

Mike Hearn mike at
Tue Mar 22 15:24:53 EET 2005

On Mon, 2005-03-21 at 19:35 -0500, Rodney Dawes wrote:
> The Icon Theme spec was written based on the idea of sharing application
> icons between desktops, not the whole slew of icons on the desktop. It
> doesn't explain a lot of things as well as it should. I have been
> working on some fixes to it, that I will be sending patches for soon, as
> well as working to clean up the large list of standard icon names I came
> up with a while back, to iron out into a spec. There should be a
> concrete proposal sent out soon.

Great news!

> The code to look up MIME icons in gnome-vfs (I think it's there anyway),
> is written to translate the mime type names into these names. 

I looked quite carefully at the gnome-vfs sources but was unable to find
the code.

> This is perhaps a bug in GTK+. If you run gtk-update-icon-cache after
> adding a new icon, does it get updated properly?

I don't have gtk-update-icon-cache, this is GNOME 2.8/GTK 2.4

> What we need is a standard Icon Naming Spec, which extends across the
> entire desktop. There is work being done on this, and the proposal
> should be sent soon, as I said earlier.

We need that too yes but I think allowing ISVs to ship new mimetype
icons is a higher priority.

thanks -mike

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