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On Precise, apps use their icons in menus if the "app.desktop" file is in /usr/share/applications and the icon is in /usr/share/icons.

If the app.desktop file is in /usr/share/kde4/apps/ and the icon is in /usr/share/app-install/icons/, then no icon displays.

If the icon is moved to /usr/share/icons/ or if I put a path to the icon or just add a suffix -.png, then it displays.

Instead of making these edits to each .desktop file or moving icon.png's around, is there a configuration file I can edit to make the system look for icons in their default directories? So if an app install itself and puts its own app.desktop file and its own icon in an unusual place, its icon will still show up in the launcher and other menus?

Or is it that some deb packages from sofware center are just configured for older ubuntu releases, where these other install locations were searched by the system?

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Applications should be made so they look for Icons and what not on the defacto locations, not the other way around. –  Uri Herrera Jan 22 '13 at 5:40

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