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    Default Icon Thumbnails For Exes

    openSuSe 11.3 KDE 4.5.2

    I am very visual when browsing for files, so the icon that is displayed is crucial to me.
    At the moment it seems that the mime-type is the overriding factor for displaying the icon in Dolphin and Konqueror rather than any content.

    There appears to be something for GNOME for this.
    Idea #2141: "GNOME thumbnailer should extract icons from exe" - Ubuntu brainstorm

    Is there anything for KDE?

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    Default Re: Icon Thumbnails For Exes

    I'm not sure exactly what you want. Specifically, what files are you having problems with?

    An executable file almost always comes with an icon that is unique. That is, for executables that operate in a graphical environment. For those that do not, such as Command Line Interface programs, you can assign one from the large set that comes with openSUSE. Any browser, whether in Gnome of KDE, will display this icon unless you have changed it.

    The idea you mention as an Ubuntu brainstorm will simply not work. Executable files are not required to have an exe extension, nor any extension at all. You can assign an exe extension to any file you like without problems. One of the nice things about Linux is the lack of reliance on file name extensions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opticyclic View Post
    "brainstrom" doesn't mean that it exists, nor that it's working, not even that it is possible or advisable. What people here suggest is to extract icons from Windows executable. It works for sure... but under Windows.

    Is there anything for KDE?
    As explained in the other post, executable have their own icon. It is set in the .desktop file of the executable. Those files are by default located in /usr/share/applications and /usr/share/applications/kde4 (for kde based applications).
    The icons used to represent other files are in the /usr/share/icons/theme/size/mimetypes directory of the used theme. For example, if you're using the theme oxygen, the icon used for jpeg files will be /usr/share/icons/oxygen/32x32/mimetypes/image-jpeg.png or if this file doesn't exist (it does not) it will be /usr/share/icons/oxygen/32x32/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png. You can install other icon themes or create your own.

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    Default Re: Icon Thumbnails For Exes

    On 2010-11-07 10:06, please try again wrote:
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    > opticyclic;2249340 Wrote:
    >>
    >> There appears to be something for GNOME for this.
    >> 'Idea #2141: \"GNOME thumbnailer should extract icons from exe\" -
    >> Ubuntu brainstorm' (http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/2141/)

    >
    > "brainstrom" doesn't mean that it exists, nor that it's working, not
    > even that it is possible or advisable. What people here suggest is to
    > extract icons from Windows executable. It works for sure... but under
    > Windows.


    You should have read the link, it says: This idea was marked as
    implemented the 12 October 10.

    Before reading it I thought that it cold be done. Why not? windows
    executables embed data at its end in a known format, and one possible data
    is the icon. It is a good thing, having the icon in the same file. It
    allows for visual identification of programs.

    Why not have access to that visual information in linux? And apparently, it
    has been implemented already (gnome Nautilus). One of the comments says it
    has been implemented on kde too.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar)

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