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Hi all I am running The Sarge distro of Debian or the testing distro, it came with KDE 3.1.x but when I logged into KDE with both the user and root accounts I am missing the desktop itself. I have the panel and can access all apps and file manager, but I have no desktop. the background stays the same as the logon screen background, there are no icons on the background I cannot put anything on the background I can change desktop settings nothng changes. If I load up other filemanager like icewm I get the same thing. only enlightenment gave me a desktop background. I am wondering if anyone knows how to rectify this I very much like having a desktop to work with, and I love sarge and KDE 3.1 but I would like to have a desktop.
1. Everything's normal, KDE just has desktop icons disabled. To rectifiy this issue simply right-click on your desktop then "Configure Desktop" --> "Behavior" --> Check "Enable icons on desktop"
2. It may be more likely that kdesktop is not running at all (or may not be able to run). This would make more sense, since the login background is your wallpaper as well. Check kpm to see if kdesktop is running, and if not, run "kdesktop" from a konsole and see what happens. If it crashes, that may be the prob.
Originally posted by scheidel21 Hi all I am running The Sarge distro of Debian or the testing distro, it came with KDE 3.1.x but when I logged into KDE with both the user and root accounts I am missing the desktop itself. I have the panel and can access all apps and file manager, but I have no desktop. the background stays the same as the logon screen background, there are no icons on the background I cannot put anything on the background I can change desktop settings nothng changes. If I load up other filemanager like icewm I get the same thing. only enlightenment gave me a desktop background. I am wondering if anyone knows how to rectify this I very much like having a desktop to work with, and I love sarge and KDE 3.1 but I would like to have a desktop.
Here's what I have installed you may want to see if you have any missing packages.
HappyTux:/var/cache/apt/archives# COLUMNS=125 dpkg -l | grep 3.1.
ii ark 3.1.4-1 KDE archiving tool
ii gawk 3.1.3-2 GNU awk, a pattern scanning and processing language
ii kaddressbook 3.1.4-1 KDE NG addressbook application
ii kappfinder 3.1.3-1 KDE Application Finder
ii kate 3.1.3-1 KDE Advanced Text Editor
ii kcontrol 3.1.3-1 KDE Control Center
ii kdeartwork-theme-desktop 3.1.4-2 Dummy upgrade package for official KDE desktop themes
ii kdeartwork-theme-icon 3.1.4-2 icon themes released with KDE
ii kdebase 3.1.3-1 KDE Base metapackage
ii kdebase-bin 3.1.3-1 KDE Base (binaries)
ii kdebase-data 3.1.3-1 KDE Base (shared data)
ii kdebase-kio-plugins 3.1.3-1 KDE I/O Slaves
ii kdelibs 3.1.4-3 KDE core libraries metapackage
ii kdelibs-bin 3.1.4-3 KDE core binaries
ii kdelibs-data 3.1.4-3 KDE core shared data
ii kdelibs4 3.1.4-3 KDE core libraries
ii kdepim-libs 3.1.4-1 KDE PIM libraries
ii kdeprint 3.1.3-1 KDE Print
ii kdesktop 3.1.3-1 KDE Desktop
ii kdewallpapers 3.1.4-2 wallpapers released with KDE
ii kdm 3.1.4-1 KDE Display Manager
ii kfind 3.1.3-1 KDE File Find Utility
ii kget 3.1.4-1 KDE Download Manager
ii kghostview 3.1.4-1 PostScript viewer for KDE
ii khelpcenter 3.1.3-1 KDE Help Center
ii kicker 3.1.3-1 KDE Desktop Panel
ii klipper 3.1.3-1 KDE Clipboard
ii kmail 3.1.4-1 KDE Email client
ii kmailcvt 3.1.4-1 KDE KMail addressbook converter
ii kmenuedit 3.1.3-1 KDE Menu Editor
ii kompare 3.1.4-3 a KDE GUI for viewing differences between files
ii konqueror 3.1.3-1 KDE's advanced File Manager,
Originally posted by scheidel21 yea, kdesktop was not running, it wan't even installed. I tried to install it and apt said that it couldn't install all of the dependancies. so I am at a loss Ill just have to keep trying thanks guys.
Post the output of apt-cache policy kdesktop and apt-get -s install kdesktop and the output of the grep command I used above it should not be that hard to get installed.
well prior to arrival back here I reinstalled sarge, and this time I installed all extra packages with apt-get, because last time when I used aptitude, that was when I lost the kdesktop because it removed a whole bunch of files the default desktop environment in tasksel installed. But I thank you for all the help nonetheless