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Old 02-25-2003, 04:44 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2002
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Distribution: Fedora 2, Red Hat 8.0
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Unhappy RedHat 8.0: compiling and installing apps

Well I have a problem:

I like foraging around the net for free software, compiling them from source and installing them if there are no RH 8.0 rpms available. I found this neat little applet called KFish from the KDE apps website. It's a little Wanda-like applet that sits in your panel.

I downloaded the gzipped file, untarred and compiled it. Everything worked fine, and the files were installed in /usr/local/kde/lib/kde3 (or something like that). Whoops. I forgot to change the paths in configuration, so I just copied all the .la, .so files etc. from there into the /usr/lib/ directory, where all the Red Hat applet stuff seemed to be.

Well, it didn't work, I restarted X and I still can't find the applet anywhere so I could add it to my panel. Help, have I done something really stupid?

Red Hat should be dragged through the mud for breaking KDE in this manner. My next distro will be anything BUT Red Hat. :P
Old 02-25-2003, 11:49 AM   #2
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When you say "it didn't work" do you mean that it did not start automatically when you restarted KDE? Can you get the applet to work at all? I would try this:

locate KFish | more

See if you can find the app and run it from a shell. I know that sometimes my rhn-applet-gui dissapears. If I run:


from a shell it pops back up. Just a thought.
Old 02-26-2003, 02:46 AM   #3
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There is no kfish executable anywhere to be found. When I compile and do a make install, it puts these files into /usr/local/kde/lib/kde3:

(or something like it, I am typing from memory)

I noticed that Red Hat tends to put these files in /usr/lib instead so I copied all the files there, and restarted X. I was hoping that I'd be able to see KFish as a new option when I go to Panel->Add Applet. However it doesn't appear.

What am I missing?

I'd install rpms if I could find em, but alas there aren't any available!


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