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My application's icon is not showing if I do not use an absolute path like here:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=This is a comment

Instead I write


just like I call the program with Exec=myprogram, where it searches under /usr/bin.

According to the free desktop standards I copied the icons to /usr/share/icons/hicolor and even deleted the icon-cache as described here with sudo gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor. Still my icon does not appear.

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If you don't specify a full path, icons must reside inside the current icon scheme location.

If you want to add a program icon that is not part of any specific scheme, put it in /usr/share/icons/.

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i did copy them to /usr/share/icons/hicoloras i said. According to the docs this is the very last directory where is searched for icons. It has to work, but does not. I don't get it. – user2366975 Sep 24 '13 at 23:57

Solution as described in question, plus what I did by accident:

Somehow my launcher and panel disappeared and I restored them with

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
unity --reset-icons

Then my icons worked. Should be easier...

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