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Alan Turing
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:50 am    Post subject: Missing Folder Icon in GTK File Dialog Reply with quote

Since a few weeks there is something wrong with the icons in the GTK file dialog.

Some of my folder do not have the folder icon (ochre-colored) any more, but the file icon (white paper) instead. Especially (but not only) all symlinks to folder have the wrong icon.
(see http://heizmann.name/nonWebsite/20140928-GtkMissingFolderIcon.png
All files in this screenshot are either folders or symlinks to folders. However some have the file icon.)

Meanwhile I have this problem on three computers that each have different Gentoo installations (e.g. on one I am using Gnome 3 on the other two I am using KDE).

What is the reason for this problem and how can I solve it?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually you need an icon theme which covers all icons. If you do not have such you could edit it and add the missing ones or go with the standard theme.

custom themes usually lack icons for some special features
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I think I have to add a few comments.

I think I am using the default icon (at least I never changed it deliberately).
Just to be sure, I deleted the following config files.
rm -Rf .gconf/org/gtk/ .config/gtk-* .gtk*
But this has not solved my problem.

The problem is not that the folder icon is missing at all, the folder icon is only missing for some folders.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try to use a clean homedirectory. E.g. create a new user and see if it is there for your case. if so than it is that. if not than your homedirectory has some weird settings or custom permissions for every folder.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same problem since a couple of months and on multiple machines. Did you solve this yet? It seems to have something to do with: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/37309
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now solved this. I run xmonad and used to run gnome-settings-daemon in the background. This does not work anymore (gnome-settings-daemon does not exist anymore). I now switched to using xfsettingsd and I have got my icons back. So I am not really sure why only some icons were afflicted by this, but running xfsettingsd solves the problem for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.

I solved the problem right now. But I still don't understand it...

First, I wanted to check if a clean homedirectory solves the problem.
Therefore I created a new user "testuser" and then things became strange...

If I started an XSession (via the login manager KDM) with my default user and started an GTK application with testuser (e.g., via su - testuser) the GTK icons looked perfectly fine for each file.
If I started an XSession (via the login manager KDM) with testuser (who had an empty homedirectory) but the GTK icons were as wrong as before.
(So, I was wondering if there is something wrong with the KDM configuration...)

However, when I read your post I remembered that KDE systemsetting also allows to change some GTK stuff.
I started systemsettings/Application Appearance/GTK. There I switched the icon theme, pressed "Apply", switched back to the icon theme that was selected before and pressed again "Apply".

Afterwards the icons in the GTK file dialog looked as expected (which means, the problem was solved).
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