Pidgin icon in Ubuntu 12.10/Mint/Cinnamon fixed (at least for me!)

Tres Finocchiaro tres.finocchiaro at
Fri Jan 18 12:23:36 EST 2013

Thanks for this, Dustin.

Since Cinnamon plays nicer with the 22x22 version, perhaps the Cinnamon
desktop team has a way of making this default?

Pidgin + Cinnamon are a fairly popular combination, I'm sure others will
benefit from your investigation.


On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Dustin DeVries
<dustin.devries at>wrote:

> For anyone having trouble with the Pidgin icon disappearing in Cinnamon in
> the system tray, I was able to fix it using the following hack:
> As root (or sudo) from a terminal window:
> cd /usr/share/pixmaps/pidgin/tray/hicolor
> mv 16x16 16x16old
> ln -s 22x22 16x16
> Then restart pidgin.
> This essentially makes pidgin use the 22x22 icons instead of 16x16 icons.
> I was suspicious that the icon size wasn't right for the container, and
> that perhaps that was causing the image to get scrolled off the menu.  I
> don't know if that's exactly the problem, but the status icon in the tray
> does seem to move vertically over time and then eventually just disappears.
>  By setting it to 22x22 (again at least for me, and I've verified this on
> two different systems running Cinnamon), the icon stays put in the tray and
> doesn't move around.
> Hope this helps.
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