Multiple DeskTops, HiColor theme, standardized icon names, & menu icons

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Thu Jun 8 01:18:59 EEST 2006

James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>The problem which I am pointing out is that if you install KDE that the
>KDE HiColor icon: "menu-editor" will be installed and then if you
>install GNOME and it also installs a HiColor icon: "menu-editor", you
>have problems:

This problem is not supposed to exist for application icons. The 
application icons in hicolor are supposed to be the application's 
official icon, despite the desktop that installed it. If the desktop has 
a fancy icon matching the theme, it can install an override in that 

But you're right: for non-apps icons, how does one choose which one gets 

I have a few suggestions:
1. Make "hicolor" a icon theme, with all icons selected 
from what's available right now and packaged. So the "hicolor" theme 
would be the same, despite who installed it. In fact, distributors may 
want to package it separately from the desktop environments.

2. Do not install any icon into hicolor that is not an "apps" icon.

>Note that this might not be confined to HiColor, if we start to have
>common icon themes and different DeskTops start installing different
>icons for those themes that have the same name -- same exact problem.

This doesn't make sense. Why would there be two different sources of icons 
for the same theme? If it's a theme, it's supposed to be one source only.

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