4.2 Newbie: Icons in Desktop Menu?

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Thu Dec 2 00:16:50 CET 2004

On 12/01/04 12:58, Don Christensen wrote:
> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> >On 11/30/04 10:41, Erik Harrison wrote:
> >
> >>On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 09:18:09 -0500, Andrew Conkling <andrewski at fr.st> 
> >>wrote:
> >>
> >>>Some time ago (probably on Mon, 29 Nov 2004 08:37:57 -0700)
> >>>Matt Thompson <thompsma at colorado.edu> had occasion to say the following:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>>OK, I'm a fresh newb to 4.2 have just put RC1 on my home box (thanks
> >>>>snowstorm for the time!), using the official RPMs on FC3.  I pretty
> >>>>much love everything, but I am stymied by one problem.  Namely, how do
> >>>>you get icons in the desktop menu?  Mine has none, and I do have "Show
> >>>>icons in menu" checked.
> >>>
> >>>Matt,
> >>>Install a third-party app, like Rox or idesk.  Icon support in xfdesktop
> >>>will (possibly/probably?) be added in 4.4.
> >>
> >>
> >>He's not asking about desktop icons, he's asking about icons in the menu.
> >>
> >>Works for me Matt. The error you're getting is a librsvg bug, but I
> >>don't think it actually causes the problem. File a bug at
> >>bugs.xfce.org.
> >>
> >>Brian, the xfdesktop maintainer, said he'd rather bogus bugs go there
> >>than mentioned on the mailing lists and never tracked. So, even if it
> >>is a known librsvg issue, it's still the right thing to do ;-)
> >
> >
> >except for the fact that that SVG "bug" is listed in the bug tracker three
> >times, and marked duplicate on two of them.  i really don't know what would
> >be causing this missing icons problem, but i'll look into it later today.
> I've never had any icons in my menus, even though I've tried.  Could it
> have anything to do with not installing gtk-xfce-engine-2 in the gtk
> location?  Mine gets installed in /opt/xfce4 with the rest of the Xfce
> stuff, but gtk is not installed there; I just haven't gotten around to
> fixing that.

nope, this has nothing to do with gtk themes.

the only thing i can think off offhand is that you have the XDG_DATA_DIRS
env var set to something weird.  (usually most people shouldn't have it
set at all, and we have a sane default, right benny?)

oh also...  something silly.  are you using a self-customised menu in
your homedir from a 4.0.x install?  it won't just magically pick up icons;
you need to tell it what they are.  the autogenerated system menu will
do icons if the entry has one listed in its .desktop file.  i'd suggest
moving your ~/.config/xfce4/menu.xml aside and check out the default menu
(force xfdesktop to reload by running 'xfdesktop -reload').  if that
still doesn't give you icons, then the problem is elswehere.


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