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Old 12-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Question Where to find "KDE System Settings" in GNOME 2 menu in CentOS 6.3 / Stella OS?


I recently installed Stella OS which is CentOS 6.3 geared towards desktop users, shipping with current Firefox and Thunderbird versions. It comes with the GNOME 2 desktop.

As I like to use some KDE specific applications (Kmail, Korganizer, Kate, Basket, etc.) I would like to increase the font size of these programs. In order to do that I used "System Settings" under Ubuntu (9.04-9.10), Debian Testing & Unstable, Sabayon, Fedora etc. I cannot find the menu entry for "System Settings" under Stella OS. All necessary packages should be installed, as is the package "-la-carte" to modify menu entries (No program to customize KDE apps is available to be added to the menu). I simply cannot find a program, be it named "System Settings" or something else, to increase fonts in KDE apps.

Could someone give me a hint where to look for it, or which packages I'm still missing. (It should be the same for CentOS). So far I couldn't find an answer online, neither have I received a response on a similar questions on the CentOS forum.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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The program you are searching for is named systemsettings. You should be able to find that package that contains it with
Code:
yum provides systemsettings
if it is not installed.
 
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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As I like to use some KDE specific applications (Kmail, Korganizer, Kate, Basket, etc.) I would like to increase the font size of these programs.
The previous post is the "right way" to do it, but if for some reason you still have problems, you might be able to do it the "hard way". :-)

You might be able to change the font in
~/.kde4/share/config/kdeglobals
Look for stuff like
font=Sans Serif,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0
menuFont=Sans Serif,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0
taskbarFont=Sans Serif,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0

Don't use kate for that. :-) The changes might not stick.

If all you're doing is changing the size, the first number is all you need to mess with. (Sounds like that might do it for you.)

But there's another setting that can affect the apparent sizes. If you need to change the dpi setting, that's probably done in gnome itself, but there are also settings in
~/.kde4/share/config/kcmfonts

If you find that nothing else works for you goto around line 3 in the file above and add what you want for the DPI setting if it's not set there somewhere.

For example, I have mine as:
forceFontDPI=120

Look for dpi other places in that file as well. If the old number is quoted, the new one must be quoted too.

Again, use the gnome editor to do this because KDE may overwrite the new settings when the app closes. If the settings go back to the old ones when you log out and back in, you may need to tweek these in terminal mode (safe-mode, no gui) or somehow set them before KDE ever launches. KDE does copy session information to a protected location at startup and rewrites what it thinks are your current settings when it closes.

Good luck.

["systemsettings" works in kde. Not sure if it will in gnome because it's likely to also need the kde menus. -rs]
 
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Smile I got the KDE fonts straightened out, finally

Quote:
Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
The program you are searching for is named systemsettings. You should be able to find that package that contains it with
Code:
yum provides systemsettings
if it is not installed.

I did just that, but alas without success:

Code:
 yum provides systemsettings
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
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epel/metalink                                                                                                                          |  17 kB     00:00     
epel-testing/metalink                                                                                                              |  18 kB     00:00     
 * base: mirror.netcologne.de
 * centosplus: mirror.netcologne.de
 * elrepo: mirrors.coreix.net
 * elrepo-extras: mirrors.coreix.net
 * elrepo-kernel: mirrors.coreix.net
 * epel: mirrors.n-ix.net
 * epel-testing: mirrors.n-ix.net
 * extras: mirror.netcologne.de
 * kde: ftp.heanet.ie
 * nux-dextop: li.nux.ro
 * rpmforge: apt.sw.be
 * rpmforge-extras: apt.sw.be
 * rpmforge-testing: apt.sw.be
 * updates: mirror.netcologne.de
Stella-Base                                                                                                                            | 2.6 kB     00:00     
adobe-linux-i386                                                                                                                  |  951 B     00:00     
base                                                                                                                                      | 3.7 kB     00:00     
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elrepo-extras                                                                                                                        | 1.9 kB     00:00     
elrepo-kernel                                                                                                                        | 1.9 kB     00:00     
extras                                                                                                                                    | 3.5 kB     00:00     
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nux-dextop                                                                                                                           | 2.7 kB     00:00     
nux-dextop-testing                                                                                                               | 2.6 kB     00:00     
nux-dextop-testing/primary_db                                                                                           |  90 kB     00:00     
rpmforge                                                                                                                               | 1.9 kB     00:00     
rpmforge-extras                                                                                                                    | 1.9 kB     00:00     
rpmforge-testing                                                                                                                   | 1.9 kB     00:00     
updates                                                                                                                                  | 3.5 kB     00:00 

Warning: 3.0.x versions of yum would erroneously match against filenames.
 You can use "*/systemsettings" and/or "*bin/systemsettings" to get that behaviour
No Matches found
But then I used the suggested wildcards

Code:
yum provides */systemsettings
And right at the end of the output, there was the information I needed to start KDE's Systemsttings:

Code:
kdebase-workspace-4.3.4-23.el6.i686 : K Desktop Environment - Workspace
Repo        : base
Matched from:
Filename    : /usr/share/doc/HTML/en/systemsettings
Filename    : /usr/share/kde4/apps/systemsettings
Filename    : /usr/bin/systemsettings



kdebase-workspace-4.3.4-23.el6.i686 : K Desktop Environment - Workspace
Repo        : installed
Matched from:
Filename    : /usr/bin/systemsettings
So I started "/usr/bin/systemsettings" via the commandline (as a regular user) and was able to configure KDE stuff the way I wanted. It seems to me that this complicated way to start Systemsettings is rather a bug than a feature of CentOS, as I would think that with the installation of the package kdebase-workspace-4.3.4-23.el6.i686 a corresponding menu entry would be created, so as to easily find the place where to set a personalized configuration.

Thanks for your help, without it I wouldn't have come upon this solution
 
  


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