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Ever since running a system update a while back I've been getting these strange warnings in the console whenever I try to run a kde app:
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/io not valid.
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/med
ia not valid.
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/nav
igation not valid.
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/net
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/obj
ect not valid.
kdecore (KIconLoader): WARNING: Icon directory /usr/share/icons/hicolor/ group 32x32/stock/tab
This is just a small sample of the dozens of lines I get. The list goes through all the different sizes of icon folders in that location. The app starts normally after this so it's not a huge problem, but I also saw the same problem when I tried to run ksysguard from a kicker app and it popped up about 20 warning dialogs that all needed to be acknowledged before it started.
I'm no expert, but it looks to me like there's a problem in the icon path somewhere, probably the spaces around the word "group", which isn't there in the actual icon folder path. But how can I get KDE to look in the correct folder instead of giving me this error?
Just a polite bump here. I don't know what further information to give here. These warnings come up with every kde app I've tried. It happens both under my normal login and as root. What else do you need to know?
Second, a question. I posted this under the Debian forum because I'm running a Debian system, but now I'm thinking that this might actually be more of a general Linux question. I would guess that there's more traffic there in any case. Would I have a greater chance of a response if I posted in that forum instead unless my question is definitely Debian-specific?
It's not much help but mine also says the same, with anything I fireup from the console. I know that not all of kde 3.2.3 is in yet because konqueror is at 3.2.2 for example. I have checked and the icons are there. This happens on my laptop with a fresh install using the test candidate 1 installer and on my home workstation which I believe I used the beta 2 installer for it. I can't exactly remember but I only run sid and I always dist-upgrade at least once a week. I have not really investigated it myself yet but it is starting to bug me so if I should find anything useful I will be sure to post it here and let you know. At least we know it's 3 systems now and not just 1.
Thanks guys. I'll probably try searching through Google first to see what's been discussed elsewhere, since I'm obviously not the only one suffering the problem. If I find anything I'll post it here, if not I'll probably start up a new thread in General.
I'm not exactly sure when it started either, but I know it was 2 or 3 months ago. I'm still just playing around with Linux and only boot to it a couple of times a week right now. Usually I do a system upgrade first thing when I do and I guess it started right after the new KDE version was installed. Like I mentioned before, it looks to me like there's a path error somewhere in the KDE configuration. The actual path to the icon folders shouldn't have spaces in it, I believe.
And while it seems the actual problem can't be solved right now, you can turn off all the warning messages:
Also, for any future readers of this bug report, I did finally figure out
how to turn these messages off (KDE's documentation is SOOO lacking):
run in a shell (I cannot find this on any menu): kdebugdialog --fullmode
select: debug area: 264 kdecore (KIconLoader)
Change the Warning Output to "None"
This brings up a nifty little hidden config dialog that lets you change input and output options. Turning off the KIconLoader output sure makes things much nicer. Should keep the .xsession-errors file down to a manageable size too.
When i started using linux (debian was my first distro), i used KDE and Gnome, after a while, i got tired of the eye-candy and titillating objects in the desktop, the wait for it to start, the incredible waste of resources, the weight on those two is over 100MB a piece.
Try XFCE4, simple, pretty, fast, light. As for me? I ended up with IceWM and Fluxbox, lightning fast, goes to the jugular, boom! you are there, with your app working. You can still install any apps you need from KDE, i use ksnapshot and guarddog.
Funny you should mention it, I just gave XFCE a trial run last night. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to get anything to work. There were no movable windows and several apps wouldn't launch. Even the XFCE help wouldn't come up.
I've had problems with All of the window managers I've used so far. First, I'm left-handed, and most WM's don't seem to have any way to switch the mouse buttons around easily. I'm sure this could be overcome with some X configuration or scripts or such, but I'm not up to that point yet.
The second problem is that none of the other WM's I've tried have had a decent system tray. I have a couple of Wine apps I use that need systray icons, but every other manager I've used has been unable to display them properly. Even Gnome doesn't work right. Only KDE has had a properly functioning tray so far.
Of course KDE has problems of it's own. I've recently started suffering from a bug that causes pop up menus to lock up over and over when I'm running the Firefox browser. I have to hit esc. and try again several times before I can get my selection to work.
I'm still experimenting and looking around. Eventually I hope to get away from KDE and use something lighter, but I'm probably going to stick with it until I get everything configured to my needs and I'm comfortable enough with basic operations and worry later about what's actually the best WM to use.