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I am using Xfce-4.10 on Debian 7. But I found some icons are missing (and only "x"'s appear) in the application menu. Take ipython3 as an example. Here's the ipython3.desktop:

# If you want ipython3 to appear in a linux app launcher ("start menu"), install this by doing:
# sudo desktop-file-install ipython3.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Enhanced interactive Python shell

The theme is installed (currently tango-icon-theme, but other themes don't work either). The icon file is at /usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/ipython3.svg. It can be displayed in an image viewer.

Reinstalling ipython3 doesn't help. I also tried to replace the ipython3.svg with some other normal icon files (libreoffice-calc.svg, for example). This doesn't help either.

Any ideas to bring the icons back? Thank you.

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migrated from askubuntu.com Jul 1 '14 at 14:48

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Try to

gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor/

as root in order to refresh the icons cache. It may be also performed for another directories containing the icon themes (with index.theme files).

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