Ubuntu: icons missing after upgrading Xubuntu


I did the following in my computer:

$sudo apt-get update  $sudo apt-get upgrade  

After restarting the computer, I see the visuals of my Desktop changed. Also, there is not even single folder icon in any drive. Only the name of folder is being displayed and there is no icon. In the panel, certain utilities have lost thier icons too.

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In a window,the folder icons are not available. Also in the left, the thumbnails of Desktop,Filesystem,Documents,Music,etc. are not displayed. In the right(panel), several utilities have the same default icon (such as the terminal emulator,trash,Web browser,Mail Reader,Settings Manager).

The thing is only the icons are not visible, but i can double-click and open the folders. How can I get back those icons(like the default yellow color folder icon) because it is annoying to see only the names of folder displayed without any icon

I did only the upgrade thing I mentioned above, nothing else. (I did not tweak anything.)

When I login as GUEST the windows are normal as it used to be before

Normal screen before upgrade: enter image description here


I suspect that your issue comes from a different selection for the Settings > Appearance > Icon theme. From the screenshot it looks to me like you want to select the elementary Xfce icon theme.

Does this work for you?


Since it works with the Guest user and yours not, it would be safe to assume that your personal preferences are corrupted, and that corruption is revealed when something changes.

Cleaning your ~/.* files seem the quickest solution:

mkdir config.bk  mv -r ~/.* config.bk/  

Restart your session, and voilá.

If you are curious about the underlying cause you could use diff to find out.

ls | awk '{print $1 }' > ignore.diff  echo ignore.diff >> ignore.diff  diff -ENwbur -Xignore.diff  ~ ~/config.bk/ > conf.diff  

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