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Old 02-02-2005, 02:29 PM   #1
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KDE error message


After I start my computer I get an error message
ERROR-KDESKTOP
Could not start process Unable to create io-slave:
klauncher said: Unknown protocol 'devices'
I have found if I untick the box for "show icons on desktop" in Configure Desktop,Behaviour,Device Icons then the error message does not appear. I was advised to install kdebase3-extra and downloaded version3.3.91-4 for i586 and installed it using Yast. It has made no difference. Have I been ill advised or have I got the wrong version for SuSe 9.2 Pro? Alternatively is something else wrong?
 
Old 02-03-2005, 10:36 AM   #2
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browse to /home/username/Desktop (or /root/Desktop-if youre running as root..)and try removing the files which end with a .directory or a .desktop extension from that directory (dont delete them, move them to another folder in case you need them later..)..

if this is a fresh install and you havent changed the desktop look and feel much then the easiest way out is to open a terminal and type

$ rm -rf /home/username/.kde

this resets the desktop to default (note you will lose all icons,themes, etc...)
 
Old 02-03-2005, 01:26 PM   #3
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I tried removing all files with .desktop or .directory and that made no difference , I then opened Konsole and typed in the line suggested. It came back as " command not found". Now what am I doing wrong?
I think we need another category in the forum for Dim Newbies (or just use my name)
 
Old 02-03-2005, 09:45 PM   #4
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i hope you didnt type it with the dollar sign...the '$' just indicates that you have to type it in a terminal..

so, open konsole and type ONLY

rm -rf /home/edwal/.kde

substitute 'edwal' with whatever user name you login in to linux with...
 
Old 02-04-2005, 01:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply ganja_guru , yes I did type the $ ,now you know why I suggested a category for Dim Newbies!! Will try your remedy when I get home tonight.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 06:14 AM   #6
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I tried typing in the correct line as you said and got "command not found " .also "try help" , so I tried help and it gave 2 different lines to try. I tried both but then got " cannot remove -rf/home/edwin/.kde No such file or directory. Is my installation missing something? or am I??
Do I need to do a reinstall? Thanks for your efforts in sorting my problem.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 06:34 AM   #7
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At worst, with KDE, you should be able to delete the entire .kde directory (that's kde with a dot in front - ie hidden) in your home/user directory and then when you restart kde it will set it up with the defaults again...

Better still, rename it so you have a backup

Ah, hold on, I see this has been suggested... But that's what you need to do

Just make sure - are you leaving a space between -rf and /home/edwin/.kde ???
 
Old 02-04-2005, 07:16 AM   #8
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type it exactly like this

rm -rf /home/edwin/.kde

there is a space after rm there is a space after rf, but no more..

better yet, as amosf said let kde start up normally, open konqueror and select VIEW-show hidden files, and then rename the folder called ".kde" to ".kde-backup" by right clickng on it with your mouse..
 
Old 02-04-2005, 11:51 AM   #9
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I have carried out your suggestions and still get the error message although it did give me the basic KDE desktop. Have i got the correct version of kdebase3-extra , i have version 3.3.91-4. Any other ideas would be welcome and if it means a reinstall then that is what will have to be before i get too much on this machine that needs to be backed up. Just an idea , is it worth comparing the packages that i have on Suse9.2 with those on my old 9.1. It just means swapping the hard drives over and I know I did not get the error on 9.1. I thought that my selection of packages was the same but I may have slipped up somewhere--would not be the first time!!
 
Old 02-04-2005, 12:19 PM   #10
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NO! kde 3.3.91-4 is the kde 3.4 beta...thats not the version youre looking for...see what version the rest of kde is ( i think kde 3.3.2 is default in suse) , and download that version by googling for the suse 9.2 rpm..or your dvd will have the right kde-extra version..install it from there instead..
 
Old 02-05-2005, 07:53 AM   #11
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I think I am going to call it a day with this little problem, the rest of the system runs so well and I am very pleased that I tried SuSE 9.2 and have everything else set up as I would like it. The display of the Device icons is not important just a little bit of a niggle , ho hum never mind , may come back to it another time. Many thanks to those who tried to help me and no doubt I will need help on something else at some date.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 07:09 AM   #12
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Found the answer , I had to install kdemultimedia3-extra as well , now works a treat!!
 
  


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