iconcatalog, iconbook - pages on which to store any type of icon
The iconcatalog (or iconbook) contains named pages which can store any
type of icon, including files, folders, programs, printers, people,
hosts, and tape and disk drives.
Icons are stored in the catalog as references to the actual entities. If
an icon is dragged onto an iconcatalog page, only a reference to the
actual entity is kept on the page. With the default IndigoMagic color
scheme, blue iconcatalog pages can be distinguished easily from green
The "Make Reference" operation on icons in the icon catalog will create
new reference icons in the icon catalog. To remove a reference icon, the
user can click on the icon, then select the right-mouse menu Remove item;
only the reference icon will be deleted--the original file will remain
safely on the system.
Any references (also called symbolic links) will be created in
subdirectories under the user's local iconcatalog pages directory,
An iconcatalog page can be a system page or an user page or a combination
of the two.
The files in /usr/lib/desktop/iconcatalog/pages/C define the contents of
each default system page, such as Applications and Demos. Icons in the
default system pages can not be removed by the general user, because the
reference icons (symbolic links) are installed on the system and owned by
the special root user. In this way, icons on the default system pages
are protected from accidental removal.
New blank pages can be created in the iconcatalog for storing user-chosen
icons. These new, user pages can be renamed, though the system's default
pages (ex., Applications, Demos) can not be renamed. The iconcatalog
checks automatically to ensure that no two pages have the same name.
The user can drag icons onto or delete reference icons from any page.
Here, a combination of user and system page icons are presented. The user
can remove unwanted icons straightforwardly, however, using the rightmouse
or Selected menu "remove" operation.
This application has the ``run-once'' feature, meaning only one instance
of the application will run at one time. Attempting to launch the
application a second time will have the effect of deiconifying the
application window or popping it to the top on the current desk.
For more information about the entire IRIX Interactive Desktop
environment, see the IID(1) man page.
The iconcatalog remembers each page's layout--that is, each page's
contents and mode of display. There are files named after the page and
are located in the user's subdirectory $HOME/.desktop-
<hostname>/iconcatalog/layouts. These files record the current layout of
Upon upgrade from previous IRIX releases to IRIX 6.5, the old page
information will be translated to the new formats and placed in the
following new locations. The old information will then be removed.
In IRIX 6.5, the following locations are used by iconcatalog:
The internal formats of all these files are not guaranteed to remain
constant between releases.
After removing or renaming a page, the ordering of pages in the Goto menu
will be wrong, and the separator line between system and user pages will
The captions under the icons cannot be displayed in languages other than
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