unifying icon themes

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Sun Mar 28 14:21:49 CEST 2004

hi all-

i want to move the icon theme setting out of the panel prefs and into 
the UI prefs.  i also want it to look for icon themes in 
/usr/share/icons (or, rather, $XDG_DATA_DIRS/icons or whatever it is).

there are a couple problems with this.  the main one is that if there's 
a theme in /usr/share/icons (let's call it Foobar), that doesn't exist 
in /usr/share/xfce4/themes, and the user selects icon theme Foobar, then 
the panel is without themed icons.  we can make a symlink in 
/usr/share/xfce4/themes, from Curve (the default theme) to 'hicolor' 
(the default/fallback theme according to the icon spec), and that will 
at least give the panel some icons to display.  the problem is that if 
someone wants to use Foobar as their main icon theme, but something 
other than Curve for the panel theme, they can't.  well, i think they 
can (depends on if gtk_icon_theme_set_theme_name() works globally or 
just for the current GtkIconTheme instance), but that requires 
maintaining the pref for the panel icon theme (as well as a "use global 
theme" option for the panel), and that sounds quite like prefs bloat to me.

either way, the icon theme setting needs to be changed to set 
Net/IconThemeName in XSETTINGS, because xfdesktop's icon themes are 
broken without it in gtk 2.4.

so what do we think?  jasper, since the panel is yours, i'm especially 
interested in your opinion.


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