[Pkg-kde-talk] Icons in .menu files
Tue, 8 Mar 2005 15:15:23 +0100
I've been working this morning in providing icons for .menu files,
which is a thing both Daniel and Ben considered nice to have. (I've
been doing it for the following modules: kdeaccessibility kdeadmin
kdebase kdegraphics kdemultimedia kdenetwork kdeutils.)
There are severals steps involved:
(a) adding the icon (or icon32x32, or icon16x16) entries to the
.menu files, e.g. in kpdf.menu:
(b) create those .xpm icons listed above from the .png ones available
in the sources, and put them into debian/icons with the
appropriate name, e.g:
kpdf/cr32-app-kpdf.png -> debian/icons/kpdf.xpm
kpdf/cr16-app-kpdf.png -> debian/icons/kpdf-16.xpm
(c) install the icons that have been created in (b) to the location
mentioned in (a), e.g. in kpdf.install:
* * *
(a) is already finished as of r739. I hope that having it commited
without the icons getting really installed doesn't break anything,
should someone build packages in the meantime.
About (c), I've done nothing yet, but will be fairly straightforward
once the time arrives.
And now the story for (b): there are more or less three steps
- find out where the original .png icons are
- convert them to .xpm
- upon new releases, check if the .xpms need an update
The best approach for this is, IMV, to have a list of the mappings
.png <--> .xpm somewhere (*), and have a script take care of making
the conversion. Just invoking the script upon a new upstream release,
and check the .xpms that have changed (think svn status, or svn diff),
should be enough. One could also think of running the script at build
time, but Ben said that sometimes the 'convert' program would do some
fancy things with transparencies, and that it was best to check the
output. I like the idea, though.
(*) Such list can't be auto-generated, since the location of the
.png files is not consistent, so one must not loose it.
So, I have ready a commit that embeds that list into the appropriate
.menu files. It's been a bit of work, but seems useful to me. The
format will be, e.g. for kpdf.menu:
+# Icon 32x32 kpdf/cr32-app-kpdf.png kpdf.xpm
+# Icon 16x16 kpdf/cr16-app-kpdf.png kpdf-16.xpm
Unless somebody objets to the procedure, I will commit soon, together
with a script to parse those '^#Icon' lines and generate the .xpm
files. Then, (c) can be done.
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