[Rd] R 2.15.2 still missing two files useful with the X11 icon patch

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:07:09 -0500

Congrats on getting 2.15.2 out on schedule. Debian builds have been uploaded.

It is my understanding that Phil's patch for the X11 logo -- so promimently featured as the first item in the NEWS file for the release -- offers more when two extra files are supplied. I have supplied these for the Debian test release, for our 2.15.1-* releases and again now. We install these files as


and I would urge R Core to do the same so that users of other binaries get the same benefit. I have in fact mailed twice already before about this. As I understand, with the 'desktop' files and the png it references, menus showing R as an entry get more meta info, and a crisper (png) logo.

Now, the NEWS file entry is also half-incorrect. The benefit of the patch is visible in Ubuntu, nomatter which desktop env you use, but not limited to it. Even under Windows 7, the taskbar now supplies the R icon when the patched Debian / Ubuntu build is used --- but not with an rpm build of 2.15.1 where the generic x11 icon is shown. Having R windows visually identified as such is very useful, no matter the Linux or X11 flavour. And that is what Phil's patch does this: adds the feature no matter the X11 GUI or desktop environment.


Dirk Eddelbuettel | edd@debian.org | http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com

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