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Old 07-14-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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Changin Icons in LXDE


I have a really old (about 11 years) PC originally equipped with Win98 with a Intel Celeron processor. Since switching to Linux, its always been faster than it was with windoze, but I've always been looking for faster and comprehensive.

After dozens of distros (only a few which I used as my day to day) and several years I feel like I'm falling in love with Debian running the LXDE desktop. Pretty, reasonably fast, and not a lot of crap I don't need. And has helped fall back in love with the command prompt and writing some easy scripts after almost a year on Xubuntu.

Anyway only a couple things specific to LXDE that I'm yet to figure out.

One, is there anyway to change the desktop icon for the home directory. By default its a house, fine, but its name MY DOCUMENTS. Gag me with a spoon! Holy Windows redirect Batman! If I could name it HOME I'd be fine (the directory itself is /home/jim). Everything I've read just says "no its build in the source" well how do I edit the source!

The other, which may be easier said than done as well is two fold. If I write new scripts to launch programs and place these on my desktop (i.e. desktop shortcuts) is there anyway to change this icon to anything other than a gear, whether it be a specified .ico, .png, .gif, whatever. Secondly is there anyway to add your own "shortcuts" in the LXDE (START) menu?
 
Old 07-14-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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Everything I've read just says "no its build in the source" well how do I edit the source!
With a text editor. I prefer vim, but you can use your favorite. In the pcmanfm source code, find the file src/desktop/desktop-window.c. Find this line (1842 in version 0.5.1)
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fi->disp_name = g_strdup( _("My Documents") );
Change the "My Documents" to whatever you want. Execute the configure script, make, and as root make install. Restart LXDE.

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...is there anyway to change this icon to anything other than a gear, whether it be a specified .ico, .png, .gif, whatever.
Edit your icon theme. pcmanfm follows the shared-mime-info and icon-theme specs from freedesktop.org. The gear (or something gearish) is the default icon for executables. Lots of documentation on the ARPANet about both specs and their implemenation. Google is a good place to start.

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Secondly is there anyway to add your own "shortcuts" in the LXDE (START) menu?
http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Main_Menu. IMHO the LXDE wiki is far from complete, but its always a good place to start.
 
Old 07-14-2009, 09:50 PM   #3
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Holy Crap! I have never seen such a useful, thoughtful, quick response on any forum in a long time! (At the very least not since I stopped using Mandravia back in 2007.1)
 
Old 07-14-2009, 10:12 PM   #4
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Holy Crap! I have never seen such a useful, thoughtful, quick response
Actually, five hours is pretty slow at LQ!
 
  


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