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I want to create new mime-type (text/something) for some kind of files. I know how to make it, but I don't know how to make the file manager to display different icons for these file types?

I am using LXDE and PCManFM, but some general solution would be better of course.

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The simplest solution is just to edit the XML file to include a line like this:

<icon name="firefox"/>

There's thorough instructions here:

https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/23776/how-to-change-a-file-type-icon-in-xfce-thunar

If you want to change an arbitrary icon, some instructions here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=770142

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