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

Dustin DeVries dustin.devries at
Fri Jan 18 13:00:24 EST 2013

Yes, I actually brought this up on the system icon bugs thread for cinnamon
(don't have the url handy) that was a catchall ticket for bugs related to
system tray behavior, so hopefully someone on the cinnamon development team
can help us out. Either way, in glad to finally have this fixed!
On Jan 18, 2013 11:23 AM, "Tres Finocchiaro" <tres.finocchiaro at>

> 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.
> -Tres
> 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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