How to retain native application icons?

Rafael Laguna rafaellaguna at
Sun Jun 15 23:13:05 UTC 2014

Don't worry, in fact I thought I offended you :D

Anyway I tell you, you can't erase system folders that free way. There're
applications that look for glyphs (small icons for menu, toolbars, etc)
that are stored in those folders, and they might not run if these folders
are not present. Better you go to and look for anything that
fits you. Or download any Tango variant with 3rd party themes addons. There
are many at that "respect" the original logos.


Rafael Laguna
Lubuntu Artwork Team

2014-06-16 0:47 GMT+02:00 N. W. <nw9165-0219653 at>:

> Hello,
> > Israel wrote:
> >
> > [...] The way you can modify the icon to use the 'original' icon is
> > in the desktop files. [...]
> thank you for your tutorial. Much appreciated.
> However, can't I simply just delete "/usr/share/icons/lubuntu/apps"?
> I know, Rafael said one shouldn't delete system files/folders. But
> wouldn't that give me the result I want?
> > Israel wrote:
> >
> > The easier answer is of course to use a theme that doesn't have
> > integrated icons for apps, as Rafael > suggested.
> Sorry, but that is not easy at all. Most of the icon themes that do
> look good, do come with integrated icon apps.
> So, switching from the Box icon theme to another icon theme does not
> necessarily solve the issue.
> When I switch to the Faenza icon theme, the issue would be the same.
> When I switch to the elementary icon theme, the issue would be the
> same. And so on and so on.
> Rafael suggested:
> > Rafael Laguna wrote:
> >
> > [...] The choose gnome icon theme. It retains "original logos". [...]
> Well, I knew that. Even before I was posting the question here on the
> mailing list.
> However, I think the Box icon theme, for example, generally does look
> better than the GNOME icon theme. But I do not like that it is using
> it's own icons for applications (which are different from the original
> icons).
> As far as I can see, the GNOME icon theme does not fiddle with the
> application icons, simply because it doesn't come with custom
> application icons, right? The "/usr/share/icons/gnome/XxX/apps" folder
> only seems to have icons for GNOME apps, but not for third-party
> apps like Firefox, Audacious, Thunar, Sylpheed, LibreOffice and so on,
> right?
> So, if I would delete all the icons inside
> "/usr/share/icons/lubuntu/apps", which I do want to be original, then
> that should solve the issue as well, shouldn't it?
> > Israel wrote:
> >
> > Don't be offended by him.  Sometimes it is easy to be offended when it
> > seems as someone is criticizing your hard work.
> It was not my intention to offend him. I also told him: "I do not say
> that your logos look bad." ;). And I really mean that. His logos look
> quite good.
> But:
> When I look for an application like Firefox or LibreOffice Writer or
> Sylpheed or whatever..., then I usually know what to look for because I
> know how their icons/logos do look like.
> Now, when I am using an icon theme that has application icons which
> differ from the original icons, that actually is distracing from work
> because the applications which usually can be easily recognized from/by
> their icons, suddenly can no longer be recognized from their icons as
> easily, simply because the icon is a different one.
> Personally I think that is very off-putting. And I could imagine that
> it would be even more off-putting and confusing for people that are not
> much into tech.
> By the way, if I would have intended to offend him, I would also have to
> offend other icon theme designers, because, as already mentioned, a lot
> of icon themes do come with application icons which differ from the
> original application icons.
> Well, that leads me to a question:
> Considering that you all seem to tell me that I should use another icon
> theme if I want the application icons to be original, could you please
> name some good looking, professionaly made icon themes, which retain
> the original application icons (apart from the GNOME and Humanity
> icon themes)?
> ;)
> Regards
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