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

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Wed Jun 28 23:13:51 EEST 2006

Rodney Dawes wrote:
>The information here doesn't explain *why* the directory name "apps" was
>chosen, and *why* it was made a sub-directory, rather than following the
>specification in the FHS. It merely explains what the different
>directories are meant to contain.

I have explained why it's called "apps": short for "applications".

Why it was done like that? Historic reasons. It was like that 8 years ago. 
And as Waldo said, KDE was not meant to be installed in /usr, originally. 
So its own installation structure did not follow FHS.

FHS 2.0 had just been released 8 years ago: 
FSSTND 1.2 did not say anything about /usr/share.

>Are you opposed to moving the stuff in share/apps to the share/
>directory directly? Or were you just pointing out the page that contains
>some information about the KDE directory layout? Just wondering, as I am
>about to write up a patch to the Icon Theme Specification based on the
>consensus that James and I came to about app-specific icons being in

This is completely off-topic for this mailing list. We're talking about 
application-specific data files. Wherever they choose to install them and 
however they're laid out is not a cross-desktop issue.

If you want to discuss that, the mailing list is kde-core-devel at

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