Specify an application's alt-tab icon
I'm on PCLinuxOS, using Openbox.
When I have an xterm, and I alt-tab to see my list of icons, xterm has a boring icon. Some other programs are also boring, but not all. Firefox, for example, has a nice icon. How do I specify an icon for an un-iconed app, or change an icon for an existing one?
I've done some hunting around on my system and I've done some searching. I'm seeing all kinds of stuff and nothing seems to be quite right, so I need some help.
I'd prefer commandline instructions, but if there's a GUI tool I ought to know about, then give me its commandline name.
IIRC: The alt-tab icons use the set assigned to the application by the icon theme.
Ok. I'll start with .. what's an icon theme? Isn't that a KDE thing?
I do notice some directories and files associated with KDE and its icons. I remember stomping around there, but I'm not sure where the main configuration files are, and how I could modify whatever's being used right now.
I checked some apps, and there are two with icons.
Based on this, I looked in /usr to see if there was a theme directory which had both a leafpad image and a firefox image. I came up dry. I do seem to have multiple themes there, but I'm not sure how to tell what I'm using (if any).
I also did some more googling with "icon theme" and some other search terms, and didn't get anything definitive. There are some documents out there on openbox-related stuff, but none of those seem to be correct for what I'm trying to do.
... there's an art to searching with google - for the above I searched:
openbox icon theme pclinuxos
Aha, thanks Simon.
Strange, I didn't think to search from that angle. I thought that icons were a generic system-wide Linux/X11 type thing.
I did read a bit on gtk themes while researching, but when I went looking on my system I didn't seem to find anything related to it, so I thought it didn't apply to me.
I guess I was wrong on both counts.
I'll definitely look into this. I don't just want to change a few icons, because there seems to be a default icon shared with many applications. I just want to specify an icon for one or two of my common and icon-absent apps.
Thanks for the leads, but no luck so far.
Sorry for the long post.. I'm keeping track of everything I've done so I don't backtrack and repeat myself.
Manage themes with obconf.
Specify your own custom one in ~/.gtkrc.mine
helper script idea:
However, I see other themes like /usr/share/themes/Wonderland/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
By the way: "export|grep gtk" gives me nothing.
Someone else said to edit /home/user/.gtkrc-2.0-kde with:
To force a test, I tried:
It references my minimal theme, so maybe I should just copy the structure from somewhere else and give minimal some icons. Then maybe I can hijack the firefox icon.
I checked for an icon default. I see /usr/share/icons/default has only index.theme but inside it only has
# [Icon Theme]
Since everything is commented out
I did not edit /usr/share/icons/minimal/index.theme and so it's just a copy from the other theme, so it would be a bit incorrect inside.
Btw, I also looked at every icon in /usr/share/icons/nuoveXT-aero/24x24/ and I could not find the icon being used for the applications which I want to update. So something's definitely awry.
I'm out of ideas. I'll continue to read through a couple of threads I found. Maybe I'll find something new to try.
I'm also going to check specifically for more skinning/style/theme info for openbox. Maybe there will be some insight there.
openbox actually uses the themes in /usr/share/themes, e.g. my current /usr/share/themes/minimal/openbox-3/themer
... while you are learning, use the themes in /usr/share/themes.
Unfortunately I do not have an installation of open box to compare with.
Check that the icons you replace are the actual files and not links.
IIRC: changing the firefox icon is a little different to others - try a different application for your test.
$ export | grep gtk
declare -x GTK_RC_FILES="/etc/gtk/gtkrc:/home/simon/.gtkrc-1.2-gnome2"
... do you understand why this step was important?
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