"K"/Start Applications menu items disappear when installing .rpms in KDE 3.1.3
Hello, all. Horrendous problem here that I'm hoping someone can help me solve.
The principal players: Mandrake 9.2, KDE 3.1.3, RPMDrake.
Every second or third time I install a new package, a bunch of stuff disappears from my KDE "K"/Start Applications menus. I found that simply repositioning the panel (from the bottom to, say, the right side) fixed the problem.
Tonight, I installed something and discovered that well over half of my menu entries are gone. Even the category icons are missing, and most of the sub-categories.
The vanishment persists through restarts of KDE and reboots of the entire system. GNOME is similarly affected. It may or may not mean anything that fluxbox has everything where it should be, with the exception of one top-level menu item.
Can anyone tell me what's happening, how to fix it, and/or prevent it from happening again? Is there a config file that I should be prepared to back up & restore every time I install an RPM?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated-- I simply don't know enough of the correct filenames to launch my missing applications from the command line. Thanks very much in advance.