What is the purpose of having three(or more?) directories with icons?

All these folders contain icons.

  • /usr/share/app-install/icons
  • /usr/share/icons
  • /usr/share/pixmaps


/usr/share/app-install/icons contains icons for installed applications. (/usr/share/app-install/desktop/ contains .desktop files for applications)

/usr/share/icons are for themes.

/usr/share/pixmaps are for (gnome? (and kde?)) specific applications.

3 different things that each have their own usage and therefor each might have their own image. If you make a suggestion on, for instance, brainstorm or ayatana mailing list(?) someone might be inclined to give it a tought into merging them. Me myself I like it when things are put into their own directory and there are all part of /usr/share/ ;)

Maybe they'll be put together someday :)

source - http://askubuntu.com/questions/97451/what-is-the-purpose-of-having-threeor-more-directories-with-icons

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