Broken icons on OpenWeather GNOME Extension

Josh Sherman
1 min read
Linux Arch Linux GNOME

I don’t use many GNOME Extensions. Nothing against them, but less extensions means less crap to break when the latest GNOME release drops. For the most part, I opt for extensions that well maintained and not prone to breaking between major releases.

Things were peachy for a while, but recently with GNOME 3.38 my weather extension, OpenWeather decided that it done showing me the icons for the weather conditions and instead was going to serve up an unsightly orange exclamation / error icon instead:

How it started, how it's going

I went ahead and turned a blind eye to this until the holiday time this past year when I could sit around and do a bit more research. As it turns out, the issue had something to do with the icons that they are using in the extension. Seems at some point the icons it was expecting were moved / removed from the theme (I use stock Adwaita Dark by the way).

Not a big deal though, not on Arch Linux at least. There’s a community package out there from GNOME 3.12 that you can install that will restore the icons that OpenWeather is looking for:

% yay -S gnome-icon-theme
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (2) gnome-icon-theme-symbolic-3.12.0-6  gnome-icon-theme-3.12.0-6

Total Installed Size:  11.72 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] Y
(2/2) checking keys in keyring                     [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking package integrity                   [######################] 100%
(2/2) loading package files                        [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking for file conflicts                  [######################] 100%
(2/2) checking available disk space                [######################] 100%
:: Processing package changes...
(1/2) installing gnome-icon-theme-symbolic         [######################] 100%
(2/2) installing gnome-icon-theme                  [######################] 100%
:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/2) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
(2/2) Updating icon theme caches...

Once that’s installed, you will need to restart GNOME (or restart your whole machine if you’re overdue) and OpenWeather should be looking back to normal!

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