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Impossible to set an icon for folder menu item in panel
Directory Menu


Description JD 2019-08-26 16:09:50 CEST
Since last update, it seems impossible to set an icon to a folder menu item. It keeps the "forbidden" icon no matter what.
Comment 1 ToZ editbugs 2019-08-29 03:16:10 CEST
The Directory Menu uses gtk_image_set_from_icon_name()[1] to set the icon, so it needs to be an icon from the icon theme to work - custom icons not supported. 

As a workaround, you can copy your custom icon to ~/.icons (create the folder if it doesn't exist) and then you can find the icon under the "Uncategorized" or "All" sections.

Comment 2 JD 2019-08-29 09:20:41 CEST
Created attachment 8966 
Comment 3 JD 2019-08-29 09:20:54 CEST
Hello and thank you for your answer!

It seems to me that it's a regression since it was possible to use custom images in the previous version.
Moreover, the system allows me to pick a custom image (as seen in attached screenshots), it's just that it has no effects when I validate (with no warning nor alert message).


Comment 4 Andre Miranda editbugs 2019-09-01 21:12:35 CEST
The behavior was changed by this commit:

xfce_panel_image_set_from_source was replaced by gtk_image_set_from_icon_name. The former accepts a "source " which "can be an absolute path or an icon-name" according to the docs.
Comment 5 JD 2019-09-02 11:00:44 CEST
Well it seems that there's an issue somewhere, but I don't know if it's related to gtk_image_set_from_icon_name or to the way XFCE sends parameters to the method.
In my  xfce4-panel.xml, I do have the following

    <property name="plugin-22" type="string" value="directorymenu">
      <property name="base-directory" type="string" value="/home/xxx/Applications/Applis AMUE"/>
      <property name="icon-name" type="string" value="/home/xxx/Applications/Applis AMUE/LogoAMUE.png"/>
      <property name="file-pattern" type="string" value="*.jnlp"/>

where /home/xxx/Applications/Applis AMUE/LogoAMUE.png is a valid existing absolute path to a png image.

If I copy the icon to /usr/share/pixmaps then I can use it as an "uncategorized icon", but it requires privileges to copy files there (so it's still a regression, in my opinion).

I wonder if the problem could be in the property name "icon-name", maybe it should be a "button-icon"? 


Comment 6 cryptogopher 2019-12-12 00:29:09 CET
(In reply to JD from comment #5)
> If I copy the icon to /usr/share/pixmaps then I can use it as an
> "uncategorized icon", but it requires privileges to copy files there (so
> it's still a regression, in my opinion).

To avoid the need to copy to system directory, you can use xdg-icon-resource to install icon resource in your homedir. I did it like that:

xdg-icon-resource install --size 48 your-icon-file.png

(where 48 is size of the icon, you can choose whatever size suits you).

In my case icon gets installed inside ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/, so no system permissions are necessary. Icon installed that way can be easily selected as directorymenu plugin icon and is visible under "Application icons" (actually I found this solution just to do that).
Comment 7 Git Bot editbugs 2020-05-28 02:14:58 CEST
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Bug #15888

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Reported on: 2019-08-26
Last modified on: 2020-05-28


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2019-08-29 09:20 CEST , JD
no flags

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