libxfce4menu icon names limitation

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at
Fri Apr 6 14:17:02 CEST 2007

Am Fri, 6 Apr 2007 00:14:44 +0200
schrieb Martin Kraus <lists_mk at>:

> hello,
>   surprisingly, i'm still fighting the menu system:( I've got a
> question. Is there any limitation to what names can be used in
> the .directory icon names? I'm trying to include an icon for debian
> generated menu.
> I named the icon "system-debian.svg" and I put in my .directory file
> definition "Icon=system-debian". It doesn't work with this name. 
> If I put in the .directory file "Icon=applications-games", it works
> fine. 
> If I make a link from "system-debian.svg" to
> "applications-games.svg", it works fine and displays the debian icon
> so the icon file itself is all right.
> I have updated the icon cache.
> Is there any limitation on icon names in menu or is it just me
> (again)?

libxfce4menu just reads the icon value, it's not processed in any way.
How icon names are handled is up to the user of this library, xfdesktop
in this case. 

xfdesktop calls gtk_image_new_from_icon_name() and passes the original
icon name to this function. I guess your icon theme does not support
the name "system-debian". Anyway, it's not a libxfce4menu issue.

  - Jannis
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