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e11 10-24-2004 01:08 AM

KDE Problem
Sorry for the cross-posting, posted this a few days ago in the debian distribution sub-forum, but didn't get any reply for it...

i've got quite a peculiar problem with KDE...

am running kernel 2.6.8, KDE 3.2

when i startx into KDE from root account, everything's fine. i get a nice KDE background, icons are there and the desktop icons are properly aligned.

but when i startx into KDE from my other user account,
i get the same background as the one i see in GNOME,
the desktop icons are not properly aligned,
and at the bottom panel are eight similar gear icons (you know, the gear icon that commonly represents settings. presumaby these icons are there in place of some other icons that are supposed to be there)
when i click on one of the gear icons, it gives me an error dialog:

The desktop entry
file /usr/share/applnk/Office/kword.desktop
has no Type=... entry.

clicking on the other "gear icons" gives me similar error dialog boxes.

like i said, the peculiarities that i encounter as normal user doesn't surface when i startx as a root.

Any idea what's wrong?

Thanks and Regards,


e11 10-24-2004 07:58 AM

btw, i have just tried removing all the kde-related packages, and then installing them again. doesn't work...



Mara 10-24-2004 08:31 AM

How many normal users do you have? Does it happen only for one or for all (if you have more than one)?

e11 10-24-2004 08:37 AM

Hi, I only have one normal user.



Mara 10-24-2004 09:37 AM

I'd check if it affects only the current one (in that case it means that the configuration in your home directory is broken). Create a new user (name is not important), log in as that user and run KDE. Does it look correctly?

e11 10-24-2004 11:01 AM

You're right, the abnormalities only occur to that single user. The new created user has got a nice KDE, just like root.

So i suppose the configuration for that particular user is broken? How can i fix it?

Thanks and Regards,


Mara 10-24-2004 02:47 PM

It depends. You can try and fix the files in .kde directory (but first need to dig and find out what's wrong) or copy the directory (/home/yourname/.kde) to a safe place (as backup) and remove it. When you start KDE again, it'll recreate it from defaults. If you don't have anything important in KDE settings, that's the right way to go.

e11 10-24-2004 07:54 PM

Well i certainly have no important configuration, it was a new install... so i guess i can just rm the whole .kde subdir then...




e11 10-25-2004 07:03 AM

Hi Mara, removing the .kde directory did work. I now have a nice KDE.

Thanks alot!



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