Bug 1283434 - libappindicator looks in CWD for an icon name and tries to use that first, confusion insues
libappindicator looks in CWD for an icon name and tries to use that first, co...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libappindicator (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eduardo Echeverria
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-11-18 18:48 EST by Cole Robinson
Modified: 2016-12-20 11:04 EST (History)
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Description Cole Robinson 2015-11-18 18:48:13 EST
I maintain virt-manager, which will use libappindicator for its statusicon support, if libappindicator is installed. The appindicator is initialized like this:

            self.systray_icon = AppIndicator3.Indicator.new(

The first "virt-manager" is the app name, the second "virt-manager" is the icon name.

When running this on gnome-shell, libappindicator needs to fall back to using a traditional StatusIcon. However it has some weird logic for picking the icon to use;

    if (icon_name != NULL) {
        if (g_file_test(icon_name, G_FILE_TEST_EXISTS)) {
            gtk_status_icon_set_from_file(icon, icon_name);
        } else {
            gchar *longname = append_panel_icon_suffix(icon_name);

            if (longname != NULL && gtk_icon_theme_has_icon (icon_theme, longname)) {
                gtk_status_icon_set_from_icon_name(icon, longname);
            } else {
                gtk_status_icon_set_from_icon_name(icon, icon_name);


The first thing it checks for is a file in CWD named $icon_name, and if so, tries to use that for the icon. So when I would try to test this when running it from virt-manager.git, which contains a python script named 'virt-manager', the statustray area would be empty (which is actually worse than a missing icon).

I don't know what the purpose of the file_test is, maybe a test suite depends on it or something, but it definitely causes weird behavior. I figure it should check the icon_theme first, and at least perform some error checking on the icon file loading, it may not even be an image.
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