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

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Sun Jun 25 01:10:49 EEST 2006

Shaun McCance wrote:
> 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.

Not sure I understand.  Didn't you say that you couldn't install 
multiple themes of your apps private icons?

Or perhaps you didn't understand what I meant by 'themed'.


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