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All these folders contain icons.

  • /usr/share/app-install/icons
  • /usr/share/icons
  • /usr/share/pixmaps
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cweiske: that's not the same... the s refers to superuser so it's a seperation that's rather obvious: secturity and maintenance ;) – Rinzwind Jan 21 '12 at 22:42
It's not as obvious as you think, and that still does not explain the difference between /bin and /usr/bin. It's always obvious when you know it. – cweiske Jan 21 '12 at 23:08
@cweiske: that's why currently there are several proposals to merge /bin and /usr/bin, since whatever historical reason it had for separation is long gone, and now there is simply no point in having both. Fedora will soon replace /bin for a symlink. Solaris and Mac OSC have done already long ago, and I hope Ubuntu follows next – MestreLion Apr 19 '12 at 10:48
up vote 3 down vote accepted

/usr/share/app-install/icons contains icons for installed applications. (/usr/share/app-install/desktop/ contains .desktop files for applications)

/usr/share/icons are for themes.

/usr/share/pixmaps are for (gnome? (and kde?)) specific applications.

3 different things that each have their own usage and therefor each might have their own image. If you make a suggestion on, for instance, brainstorm or ayatana mailing list(?) someone might be inclined to give it a tought into merging them. Me myself I like it when things are put into their own directory and there are all part of /usr/share/ ;)

Maybe they'll be put together someday :)

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Ok, and /usr/share/themes is also for themes? Where can I read about /usr/share layout? – zuba Jan 22 '12 at 8:54

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