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Old 06-25-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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All shortcut icons change when I change someone


I'm a Mandriva 2006 user. In my desktop appear shortcuts to netscape, firefox, konqueror, lazarus, real play, k3b, skype etc...

Each time I change the icon of a shortcut, for example, I change the icon of skype to its typical "S" symbol icon, it seems to be ok, but after the next boot, almost every other shortcuts change to the "S" symbol of skype.

May someone tell me how can I use a different icon for each shortcut?

Greetings from Sao Paulo - Brazil

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Old 06-25-2007, 05:18 PM   #2
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How are you changing the icon?
 
Old 06-25-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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Assuming you're using KDE, there are two kinds of "shortcut". One is a symbolic link, which is a feature of *nix style filesystems. The other is a *.desktop file--a file ending in ".desktop". This is a feature of Konqueror, and is something like a shortcut in Windows. You want all of your shortcut icons to be *.desktop files, because they can have customized icons.

For symbolic links, the icon cannot be independently customized. Instead, the symlink always has the exact same icon as whatever it's pointed to. In your case, these symlinks are pointed to executables. So, whatever icon you define to be assigned to executables gets used for ALL executables. Unlike Windows, executable files do NOT have special "icon information" tucked away within the file.

The easiest way to tell what sort of icons are what is to go into a text shell and use "ls" to list the contents of a directory (you'll need to learn something about how to use a command shell if you're not already familiar with them). When you do a file listing, the symlinks appear in light blue text. The ".desktop" icons end in ".desktop". You'll want to delete the symlinks and replace them with ".desktop" icons. Create those icons with Konqueror...I think you right click and it's one of the options under "create new".
 
Old 06-25-2007, 08:08 PM   #4
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"The asiest way to tell what sort of icons are what is to go into a text shell and use "ls" to list the contents of a directory (you'll need to learn something about how to use a command shell if you're not already familiar with them). When you do a file listing, the symlinks appear in light blue text. The ".desktop" icons end in ".desktop". You'll want to delete the symlinks and replace them with ".desktop" icons. Create those icons with Konqueror...I think you right click and it's one of the options under "create new"."

Hi! I understand your explanation and I have some skill in linux. "ls" is well-known command for me. I saw that the "shortcuts" that change the icon as I explain before are symbolic links to executables. Exactly as you said.
But I can't understand the part where you talk about "Create those icons with Konqueror...I think you right click and it's one of the options under "create new"."

May you develop a little please? Use, I suggest, the "netscape@" symlink as an example and explain me step-by-step how I must do to crate ".desktop" icon and maintain Netsacpe in the Desktop with its own icon...

Thank you in advance

Ricardo
 
Old 06-25-2007, 09:04 PM   #5
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Right click on the desktop or Konqueror file browser window. Select "Create New" and then "Link to application...". At that point, you can enter in the relevant data, like the name of the link and the command to use. To customize the icon, click on the icon button on the first tab.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 09:18 PM   #6
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Links created. Thank you very much!

Cheers

Ricardo






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Right click on the desktop or Konqueror file browser window. Select "Create New" and then "Link to application...". At that point, you can enter in the relevant data, like the name of the link and the command to use. To customize the icon, click on the icon button on the first tab.
 
  


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