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Re: More on icons for packages

On Sun, 2005-01-23 at 19:35 -0500, Dale C. Scheetz wrote:
> With regards to GNOME panel icons. The "add to panel" option now no
> longer offers "launcher from menu" so now with the "custom launcer" 
> you have to hunt for your icon. 

well yes, here it does at least. also you can drag and drop it from your

On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 18:17 -0500, Dale C. Scheetz wrote:
> It might be better to reserve /usr/share/pixmaps specifically for menu
> icons in xpm format and create /usr/share/icons for png gif and jpeg
> icon images.

i don't think this is the right way to go. gnome and kde use the
freedesktop standard and look for their icons in /usr/share/pixmaps.
other applications using icons should seriously consider looking in
there if they want to find any. clever ones could prune redundant
icons according to their file format preference.

you don't really want to use jpeg in a menu do you?

> Is it worth while trying to get some general icon policy established
> or am I straigning at gnats?

another manual does not seem required. but mentionning the use
of .desktop would be a worth addition to the menu manual.

see http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/

here is a minimal .desktop example:

$ cat /usr/share/applications/freewheeling.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=live looping instrument

.desktop go in /usr/share/applications and icons in /usr/share/pixmaps
(or full path). both png and xpm are ok.

there could actually be some lintian/linda rules that checks if both
menu and .desktop entries are there and that the icons are installed at
the correct location.

ciao, piem

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