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

Shaun McCance shaunm at
Sat Jun 24 22:52:43 EEST 2006

On Sat, 2006-06-24 at 11:18 -0700, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Bastian, Waldo wrote:
> > I am picky about the difference between 
> > $KDE_PREFIX/share/apps/<app_name>/icons/<theme>/<size>/<type> And 
> > $XDG_DATA_DIRS/apps/<app_name>/icons/<theme>/<size>/<type>
> > 
> > Because the latter should only be used if there is a specification 
> > that describes its use. And yes, I agree that this is something that
> >  _could_ be added to a specification although I am not convinced that
> >  it really matters where an application installs its private icons as
> >  long as it knows where to look for them.
> It is there where SMcC's example points out that this is an important
> issue.  In KDE, private icons can be themed since the application
> doesn't need to know where to look for private icons as long as they are
> installed in:
> 	$KDEDIR/share/apps/<app_name>/icons/<theme>/<size>/<type>
> {KDEDIR being either path in the environment variable of that name or
> any one of the paths listed in KDEDIRS}.
> because the KDE icon loader will automatically find them there.
> However, from what he said, GNOME does not work that way -- that GNOME
> apps must be told where to look for private icons.
> > And I don't think it makes sense to require that a $XDG_DATA_DIRS 
> > location is used for private icons.
> And the reason that this not only makes sense but is needed is so, as he
> points out, that private icons can be themed.

Please try to understand this: my private icons *can* be
themed, in exactly the same way as any private icons that
khelpcenter might have.  This has absolutely nothing to do
with whether or not private icons can be themed or how you
would go about providing themed versions of them.


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