Downloads from my home directory, and I linked them to directories on different disks. And now
Pictures have lost their nice categorized icon of a camera and, well, documents.
Downloads did not.
$ gio info ~/Documents | grep symbolic-icon standard::symbolic-icon: folder-symbolic, folder $ gio info ~/Pictures | grep symbolic-icon standard::symbolic-icon: folder-symbolic, folder $ gio info ~/Downloads | grep symbolic-icon standard::symbolic-icon: folder-download-symbolic, folder-symbolic, folder-download, folder
You can find those keywords in one of the many themes installed on the computer, because these are named according to a spec. This means they don't need a path, because chaning your theme will automatically change the icon too, in the new theme style, but in the designated category (e.g. Downloads). It will look for any of the listed names in the chosen theme.
$ ls -1 /usr/share/icons/Mint-Y/places/symbolic | grep folder folder-documents-symbolic.svg folder-download-symbolic.svg folder-music-symbolic.svg folder-pictures-symbolic.svg folder-publicshare-symbolic.svg folder-remote-symbolic.svg folder-saved-search-symbolic.svg folder-symbolic.svg folder-templates-symbolic.svg folder-videos-symbolic.svg
However, I am not allowed to set this.
$ gio set ~/Documents standard::symbolic-icon folder-documents-symbolic gio: Setting attribute standard::symbolic-icon not supported $ gio set ~/Pictures standard::symbolic-icon folder-pictures-symbolic gio: Setting attribute standard::symbolic-icon not supported
Turns out, you can only set
metadata::custom-icon, But it does not support global icon names. You need to specify an exact path, meaning you need to fix all your icons when you change your theme!
I don't know how it works technically, why the
symbolic-icon metadata has disappeared. But even though I cannot set it with
GIO, It is defined somewhere, for certain folders.
Where is this defined? If I cannot do it as user, I should be able to do it as
root. I will recompile things if I have to. I want my flipping folder icons back!
Using Ubuntu 18.04/Linux Mint 19 w/ Cinnamon > Nemo