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Old 07-08-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Pdf icon problems transferred from General


I am running KDE on Lenny. I cannot open a pdf file with kpdf.
Initially I had blank icons after some sort of finger trouble.
My current symptoms are that clicking on a pdf icon the rather uninformative message "Could not open file:///home/spirals/Desktop/clerks shoes.pdf" pops up.

All problems are confined to one account. The path in the frame, after properties, right click and spanner click is "/home/spirals/.kde/share/applnk/.hidden" which is different from the path shown for another a/c were kpdf works.

Help requested, how to set the path to it's correct value, (so I do not do more damage) and a pointer please Where to I look for an in depth info on how this bit of the KDE desktop files are interlinked. A quick Google brings up too much of info to know where to get fast answers? Thanks for any help.
 
Old 07-11-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Please post your thread in only one forum. Posting a single thread in the most relevant forum will make it easier for members to help you and will keep the discussion in one place. This thread is being closed because it is a duplicate.

Continue this here.
 
Old 07-13-2009, 05:44 AM   #3
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Thumbs down not a duplicate

The original reply stated I should have posted in desktop so when I came back I posted here in desktop. I was under the impression I should do as instructed. However I still have no fix and will have to consider re-installation of the whole lenny OS. Perhaps you could provide a fix not flame me out for wrong loco. duplicates etc. Find your comments unhelpful to say the least. Some of us are trying to use Our systems to do useful "work" not interested in fine details- ether the "box" works or it fails. With this "fault" my box became so much unusable junk until it gets fixed.
 
Old 07-13-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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You can just ask for your thread to be moved: Click the Report box by your post. Ask there for it to be moved. It happens (Thanks, mods).

There's no need to reinstall.
Try this:
Logout of KDE.
<CTRL><ALT><F1>
Login as yourself, then issue this command
Code:
mv   ~/.kde    ~/kde_bad
exit
Now <CTRL><ALT><F7> Login to KDE. Functionality will have been restored, but you will have lost any KDE customisations you have done. If you have lost your emails, they'll be in the kde_bad directory.
 
Old 07-13-2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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You might look in the console and see the pdf files on your desktop actually exist, or if you are actually clicking on an orphaned link or something similar.

E.G.
cd ~/Desktop
ls -l *.pdf
file *.pdf
kpdf Clerks\ Shoes.pdf

Another possibility is that the pdf file exists but was corrupted. For example, an empty file.

Last edited by jschiwal; 07-13-2009 at 09:06 PM.
 
Old 07-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #6
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Ok. Thanks everyone for your replies. The problem which effected ALL user accounts on this machine is now solved. I took the plunge and rebuilt the whole system with a totally clean build of Lenny via the 502-i386 -kde-C01 iso and instruction from Device guru. [The last time I built a system was at least 24 months ago so I need a script to keep me on the beam - my brain is well addled]. I found a few interesting things that did not work and it took a total of around 10 hours (with gaps for meals) for me do the rebuild including rebuilding my environment, recover mail etc. regards, (dja.)
 
Old 07-14-2009, 05:42 PM   #7
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Quote:
The problem which effected ALL user accounts on this machine is now solved.
It is solved. Good

But please learn not to post (at #1):
Quote:
All problems are confined to one account.
Because this statement just sends us all barking up the wrong tree.

Which is a waste of everyone's time really.
 
  


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