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    Default How to change both trash icons full and emty

    hi all,


    i have googled how to do this but i cant seem to get a proper answer , is it possible to change the trash icons on os 11.1 becuase everything i have tried has not worked.


    thanks

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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Both KDE and Gnome support icon themes. Applying a theme in Gnome requires that you download the theme (normally a .bz file from such web sites as Eyecandy for your GNOME-Desktop - GNOME-Look.org) and drag and drop it into the theme manager (Slab menu - Control Centre - Appearance).

    As you wish to replace individual icons you need to know if the icon theme is a standard one or a customised one.

    Can you advise whether

    a) You use Gnome (then I might be able to help more)
    b) You use a standard theme or not (if not the location of the icons is <your_home_directory>/.icons)

    Cheers
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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    wooops sorry forgot that, im using gnome and its a customized theme

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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Well you are mostly there then.

    In your home directory is a "hidden" directory called .icons

    In there will be a directory with the name of your theme, e.g. hydrogen

    In that directory will be a number of directories, which dending on your theme will be named according to size of the icons, e.g. 48x48, in each of these "size" directories will be another directory called "places". In there will be icon files (png files - easily edited) and the ones you are interested in are:

    gnome-fs-trash-empty.png
    gnome-stock-trash.png

    It is possible that these files are "symbolic links" (Windows speak = shortcuts), for example in my setup they are links to user-trash.png. If they are links just replace the file that they point to (if you are not sure how to identify a link then look for a emblem on the icon that represents an arrow or right click on the icon and choose properties and the page that comes up will tell you if the file is a link) (sorry if I'm going over the top with info, but I don't know how much you know).

    Once you have replaced the icon files you will then need to update the icon cache. To do this open a terminal window (right click on the nautilus background and choose "Open In Terminal") then...

    <code>
    cd ..
    gtk-update-icon-cache <name of directory that is your icon theme>
    exit
    </code>

    After a few seconds (can be a lot more if your theme has a lot of icons), you would have been returned to the prompt, and its at that point you type exit.

    As the cache is updated you should see the change take effect.

    Good luck.

    BTW I'm always missing off vital bits of info when I ask a question so no problems for me when other people do.
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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    thanks for the reply , but when i show the hidden folders and go to .icons there nothing in it!

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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Hmmm...it does look like you haven't got a customised icon theme. No matter, the directory you are looking for then is

    /usr/share/icons

    In there are the directories matching the standard themes supplied.

    Sorry for the delay getting back to you, my internet connection has been down for a while.

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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Thats ok np i will give it a try

    thanks for your help

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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Did you get anywhere?
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    Default Re: How to change both trash icons full and emty

    Just for info, in kde 3.5 if you change the .png files in usr/share/icons/<theme-name>NNNxNNN the update is automatic.

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    In my KDE install the <theme-name> is "gnome"... I think the chosen theme is copied to this directory.

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