Freedesktop Application Icon / magic database (Debian)

Felix Natter fnatter at
Thu May 2 13:03:30 PDT 2013

Thomas Kluyver <thomas at> writes:

hi Thomas,

> On 1 May 2013 18:22, Felix Natter <fnatter at> wrote:
>     and put freeplane.png here:
>     /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/mimetypes/freeplane.png
>     (I also tried to put the svg in hicolor/scalable/mimetypes/)
>     => probably a (local?) problem with my nautilus? It seems to work in
>     konqueror (and on another computer with the same config it even works
>     with nautlius :-/)
> This might be obvious, but did you have the icons displayed at 32x32 when you tried? It might only
> resize larger images to smaller views. The default view on my system
> seems to be 48x48.

I don't know why (I had tried that before...), but now it does work with: 
  <icon name="freeplane"/>
instead of:
	<icon name="/usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/freeplane.svg" />

The only problem with this (and probably the reason why the previous
packager used the full path to freeplane.svg) is that konqueror displays
a (small) bitmap instead of the svg which is pixelated.
So I tried:
  <icon name="freeplane.svg"/>
but then GNOME does not display any icon once again :-/

> The icon theme spec suggests that 'icon name' doesn't include the path or the extension, though I see it
> also says "minimally you should install a 48x48 icon..."

That is useful, I'll have a look at that :-)

Thanks for your help and Best Regards,
Felix Natter

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