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Old 09-12-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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missing icons in pidgin with Slackware 13.0

Previously had pidgin 2.6.2 built with the SlackBuild script from Slackware 12.2 and everything was fine. Upgraded to Slackware 13.0 last night and it had downgraded pidgin to 2.5.9, which is fine except that now all the .png graphics used in pidgin show as a white piece of paper with a red X. I've tried compiling a local copy of pidgin 2.6.2 as user, but that results in the same thing. Anyone know what's going on or what else I can try to get the graphics back?

I've already tried removing the libpng package and installing it again... no change.
Old 09-12-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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I'm currently running pidgin 2.6.2. I used the build script used to package pidgin 2.5.9 from Slackware 13.0. I only added --disable-vv for disabling voice and video chat.

I have noticed sometimes that the icon in the system tray is partially hidden. When that happens I only see about 1/4 of the image in the system tray. If I restart the program then that usually fixes the problem. I'm assuming the system tray icon is an svg file and that it is just a resizing issue.

As for other icons within the pidgin program, they show up fine. No issues.
Old 09-12-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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then there must be something wrong with my configuration somewhere... I'm not only missing the icon for pidgin in the system tray, but a lot of the icons you normally would see in pidgin. For example the graphic that shows next to the left of each user's name on your buddy list, the icon next to each status - Available, Away, Invisible, Offline, as well as the icons next to the Insert and Smile texts in the chat windows. Oddly though the graphic next to Font, the A, shows up.
Old 09-13-2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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To this day I still have no idea what caused this issue... my only resolution was to create a new home directory and move all the files from the old one to the new one. Only thing I can think of is that renaming .kde, .config, and .local to .kdeold, .configold, and .localold might not have been enough. Unfortunately I did not try moving them elsewhere before going to the drastic step of creating a new home folder.
Old 10-18-2009, 12:31 AM   #5
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Andrew Brouwers pointed out earlier on IRC that shared-mime-info changed something in the latest update, so you'll have to do this as root:
update-mime-database /usr/share/mime
and then each user will need to do this:
update-mime-database $HOME/.local/share/mime
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yup, that fixed it

Thanks Robby


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