I just did an update in Arch Linux, and now the Videos app (Totem) is using the same icon for every control:

Totem screenshot

The controls still work; you just can't tell them apart without hovering over the control until the tooltip shows up. This worked fine before the upgrade.

I've reinstalled totem, gnome-icon-theme, gnome-icon-theme-extras, gnome-icon-theme-symbolic, and hicolor-icon-theme, but that made no difference.

Arch is currently on Gnome 3.6. I'm using x86_64.

How do I get the controls labelled with the right icons?

Update: When I start totem on the command line, I see the following lines added to ~/.cache/gdm/session.log:

Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp of 0 for 0x280000b (Videos)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the pager needs to be fixed.

and the following lines on the terminal:

(totem:3232): Grilo-WARNING **: [registry] grl-registry.c:434: Could not open plugins' info directory '/usr/lib/grilo-0.2': Error opening directory '/usr/lib/grilo-0.2': No such file or directory
(totem:3232): Totem-WARNING **: Failed to load grilo plugins: All configured plugin paths are invalid. Failed to load plugins.

The grilo warnings I've seen before this problem started; I don't have it installed.

  • @don_crissti, yes, I'm using the default icon theme. I've tried changing icon themes with gnome-tweak-tool, but all that does is give me a different broken icon for all controls.
    – cjm
    Apr 5, 2013 at 20:25
  • I tried updating the icon cache. I got no errors, but it didn't make any difference. Neither did rebooting.
    – cjm
    Apr 5, 2013 at 21:20
  • @don_crissti, that did it! (Well, I only reinstalled librsvg and ran gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders --update-cache; I didn't use -Rdd). But the controls are back. Please post an answer so I can accept it.
    – cjm
    Apr 5, 2013 at 21:49

1 Answer 1


This sort of behavior is usually caused by icon & pixbuf loaders problems.

Re-installing librsvg and running (as root):

gtk-update-icon-cache -f /usr/share/icons/gnome

gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders --update-cache

should, in most cases, fix it.

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