I have been using Natty for a month now and everything is running smoothly there is only one or two problems I have come across (on my Machine). This problem is as far as I can tell in relation to the global menu, I like to enable menu Icons as I feel having a visual cue makes it quicker to find the menu item quicker however almost all of the Icons are being replaced with not found image icons. Is this a bug or is there a simple fix for this?

global menu with missing Icons

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This is a known whishlist bug.

Point is: the icons aren't suppsed to be there by default (it's about the /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons GConf key), so it looks like nobody really cared about that case.

  • Somehow Allan has the gconf key turned on (it was off on my fresh install). You can turn it off by entering this in a Terminal: gconftool --set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons --type bool true
    – idbrii
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 22:44
  • I have added myself to the bug htorque. I don't think I'm the only one who likes the visual cue's in the menu (I'm sure I heard somewhere a picture is worth a thousand words) this is particularly important in an application like Inkscape
    – Allan
    Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 9:08

I'm not aware of a simple fix, but most of my missing icon problems went away after I applied all available updates.

Also I found that some themes seem to eliminate the problem, so if you still see the problem after applying all your updates, try changing your theme.

  • I've changed theme a few times and changed icons but the problem persists I'll throw a few reboots at it and see if there's any change. Ps stop changing your Avatar mid question ;)
    – Allan
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 20:49

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