I want to customize two icons in the top right indicator of the unity-panel, the one for everpad and the one for deluge.

I found this solution:

How do I merge two icon sets?

...and love it, it's much better than how I usually try this icon things out. Having my own ~./icons/my-theme with an index.theme and some symlinks to some custom icons, as well as the "my-theme" icon theme selected (thanks to ubuntu-tweak), gives me what I want, and everything is working fine, but the problem is that...

...When I edit one of my custom icons, for example, if I change the color, the icon in unity-panel doesn't change. I have tried to use "gtk-update-cache" on "~/.icons/my-theme", but that must not be the way it has to be done to refresh the icons. And I know those are the icons I added...

So, can someone point me to the right direction as to how to refresh the icons that show up in this not-so-common circumstances?

Thanks in advance.

And my own big YEAH!! to pydave for that answer I just linked, I'd upvote it if I could.

  • Thanks, but it didn't work. I also tried restarting only the panel with "sudo killall unity-panel-service", but neither worked. Nor removing and remaking the symlink to the icon, or manually deleting the cache (ubuntu-mono-dark included, just in case), even trying in different orders. May 21, 2013 at 21:27
  • But, forgetting the symlink commodity, hard-placing the icon in the ~/icons/my-theme/apps/22 or whatever the correct place, removing the cache, and restarting unity-panel-service (by killing it) DOES work... Using that for now. Hope to find something cleaner though. May 21, 2013 at 21:39

1 Answer 1


Click here to download a program called unity-reset.

Double click on the downloaded .deb file and install it.

Press Ctrl+Alt+F1.


Run the command unity-reset.

For the full article click here.


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