XDG-ICON-RESOURCE(1)       xdg-icon-resource Manual       XDG-ICON-RESOURCE(1)

       xdg-icon-resource - command line tool for (un)installing icon resources

       xdg-icon-resource install [--noupdate] [--novendor] [--theme theme]
                         [--context context] [--mode mode] --size size
                         icon-file [icon-name]

       xdg-icon-resource uninstall [--noupdate] [--theme theme]
                         [--context context] [--mode mode] --size size

       xdg-icon-resource forceupdate [--theme theme] [--mode mode]

       xdg-icon-resource {--help | --manual | --version}

       The xdg-icon-resource program can be used to install icon resources
       into the desktop icon system in order to illustrate menu entries, to
       depict desktop icons or to graphically represent file types.

       The desktop icon system identifies icons by name. Depending on the
       required size, the choice of icon theme and the context in which the
       icon is used, the desktop icon system locates an appropriate icon
       resource to depict an icon. Icon resources can be XPM files or PNG

       The desktop icon system works according to the XDG Icon Theme
       Specification at

           Installs the icon file indicated by icon-file to the desktop icon
           system under the name icon-name. Icon names do not have an
           extension. If icon-name is not provided the name is derived from
           icon-file. The icon file must have .png or .xpm as extension. If a
           corresponding .icon file exists in the same location as icon-file
           it will be installed as well.

           Removes the icon indicated by icon-name from the desktop icon
           system. Note that icon names do not have an extension.

           Force an update of the desktop icon system. This is only useful if
           the last call to xdg-icon-resource included the --noupdate option.

           Postpone updating the desktop icon system. If multiple icons are
           added in sequence this flag can be used to indicate that additional
           changes will follow and that it is not necessary to update the
           desktop icon system right away.

           Normally, xdg-icon-resource checks to ensure that an icon file to
           be installed in the apps context has a proper vendor prefix. This
           option can be used to disable that check.

           A vendor prefix consists of alpha characters ([a-zA-Z]) and is
           terminated with a dash ("-"). Companies and organizations are
           encouraged to use a word or phrase, preferably the organizations
           name, for which they hold a trademark as their vendor prefix. The
           purpose of the vendor prefix is to prevent name conflicts.

       --theme theme
           Installs or removes the icon file as part of theme. If no theme is
           specified the icons will be installed as part of the default
           hicolor theme. Applications may install icons under multiple themes
           but should at least install icons for the default hicolor theme.

       --context context
           Specifies the context for the icon. Icons to be used in the
           application menu and as desktop icon should use apps as context
           which is the default context. Icons to be used as file icons should
           use mimetypes as context. Other common contexts are actions,
           devices, emblems, filesystems and stock.

       --size size
           Specifies the size of the icon. All icons must be square. Common
           sizes for icons in the apps context are: 16, 22, 32, 48, 64 and
           128. Common sizes for icons in the mimetypes context are: 16, 22,
           32, 48, 64 and 128

       --mode mode
           mode can be user or system. In user mode the file is (un)installed
           for the current user only. In system mode the file is (un)installed
           for all users on the system. Usually only root is allowed to
           install in system mode.

           The default is to use system mode when called by root and to use
           user mode when called by a non-root user.

           Show command synopsis.

           Show this manual page.

           Show the xdg-utils version information.

       xdg-icon-resource honours the following environment variables:

           Setting this environment variable to a non-zero numerical value
           makes xdg-icon-resource do more verbose reporting on stderr.
           Setting a higher value increases the verbosity.

           This environment variable can be used by the user or administrator
           to override the installation mode. Valid values are user and

       An exit code of 0 indicates success while a non-zero exit code
       indicates failure. The following failure codes can be returned:

           Error in command line syntax.

           One of the files passed on the command line did not exist.

           A required tool could not be found.

           The action failed.

           No permission to read one of the files passed on the command line.

       xdg-desktop-icon(1), xdg-desktop-menu(1), xdg-mime(1), Icon theme

       To install an icon resource to depict a launcher for the application
       myfoobar, the company ShinyThings Inc. can use:

           xdg-icon-resource install --size 64 shinythings-myfoobar.png

       To install an icon for a new application/x-foobar file type one can

           xdg-icon-resource install --context mimetypes --size 48 ./mime-foobar-48.png application-x-foobar
           xdg-icon-resource install --context mimetypes --size 64 ./mime-foobar-64.png application-x-foobar

       This will install two icons with the name application-x-foobar but with
       different sizes.

       Kevin Krammer

       Jeremy White

       Copyright (C) 2006

        1. Icon theme specification

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