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Re: PackageKit application icons

Richard Hughes wrote:
> On 1/28/09, Rick L. Vinyard, Jr. <rvinyard cs nmsu edu> wrote:
>> Jesse Keating wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2009-01-28 at 14:24 -0700, Rick L. Vinyard, Jr. wrote:
>>>> Bill Nottingham wrote:
>>>> > Rick L. Vinyard, Jr. (rvinyard cs nmsu edu) said:
>>>> >> Ahhh... I see that now, and they're already there.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> It's a shame that's the only mechanism for adding icons. I'd like
>>>> to
>>>> see
>>>> >> something other than cardboard boxes when looking for devel
>>>> packages.
>>>> >
>>>> > The problem is you'd either need to:
>>>> >
>>>> > - include icons in the metadata (which gets very large, very fast)
>>>> > - create a package that consists of all the icons that may be in
>>>> >   the distro (which gets very messy to maintain, very fast)
>>>> >
>>>> > Neither of these are particularly good solutions.
>>>> >
>>>> I agree that neither of those are good solutions, but there is another
>>>> option.
>>>> Currently, the icons reside in each package and the desktop entry file
>>>> (also in the individual packages) is used to associate the package
>>>> with
>>>> the icon.
>>>> Why couldn't devel packages (and others without desktop entry files)
>>>> follow a similar approach containing the icon and association?
>>> I think the problem then is you don't see the icon for the package
>>> until
>>> you've installed the package.
>> But, aren't they currently harvesting them from the packages and desktop
>> entries?
> Yes, as soon as you install the package, PackageKit parses the desktop
> file and adds the icon file to a local database.

That clarifies alot. I thought they were being harvested from the repository?

>> Or, does pkg-application only show the icons for the packages I
>> currently
>> have installed?
> Yup. The only way this could work for not-installed files would be for
> the application icons to be put on the mirrors, and for PackageKit to
> generate a per-user cache of icons in the session.

What about using the same technique to harvest them from the repository
and build an rpm?

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