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Instead of my pretty Faenza icon, it's using a rather ugly one.

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Are you using the latest version of Faenza icon theme? Icons for vim were added in Faenza 0.8 – Sid Dec 7 '10 at 14:29
I am. The problem was the absolute path in the gvim.desktop file :) – miloshadzic Dec 7 '10 at 14:39
This is a bug that's now reported fixed. Probably to release in oneiric. – idbrii May 13 '11 at 17:39
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It is a known issue. The workaround is mentioned in the Faenza page:

  • Some applications are configured to always use the same icon regardless of the selected theme: e.g. vim, emacs23, gcolor2, bluefish, hardinfo, defcon, gufw, pithos, goldendict, rssowl, picasa, netbeans, gazpacho.
  • To display the Faenza icon, edit as root the /usr/share/applications/application_name.desktop file and locate the line beginning with 'Icon='. Replace the fullpath icon name by the one of the Faenza icon (usually, it's the name of the application itself) without the extension.
  • Don't forget to make a backup before changing one of those files.
  • In some cases, you need to reinitialize the item in Gnome menu editor to display the new icon.
  • Vim desktop file is /usr/share/applications/gvim.desktop
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Thanks a lot! Very nice answer! – miloshadzic Dec 7 '10 at 14:34
Clarification: "fullpath icon name by the one of the Faenza icon." So Faenza's vim.svg means you should use Icon=vim (don't include the extension). That way it will work for other icon themes that provide an icon for vim. – idbrii May 13 '11 at 17:37

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