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Old 07-27-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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KDE Control Center missing all entries after upgrade

I just upgraded to KDE 3.4.1 on Debian etch. I restored the kmenu and everything else seems ok, but when I go to kcontrol, it gives me an error message and none of the control panel entries are there. It's just empty. This is the error message:

Could not find mime type

Any suggestions on restoring my control center?
Old 07-28-2005, 01:49 AM   #2
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another reason to try to get rid of old kde configs when you upgrade using --purge and deleting personal folders and like that.

there is most likely a file ~/.kde/share/mimelnk/application/octet-stream.desktop

trying to override defaults and causing problems -- try deleting it
Old 07-28-2005, 04:35 AM   #3
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Well, I didn't have that file in that location, but I did find a octet-stream.desktop in /usr/share/mimelnk/application/. I tried renaming it, but it didn't help. I tried copying it to ~/.kde/share/mimelnk/application/ (there wasn't an application folder in mimelnk there before so I created one), though that didn't help either. Starting up k3b gives me two missing octet-stream error messages and then another message saying 'error: no mime types installed'. Is there a mime type package or something that apt-get upgrade missed when it did the upgrade?

EDIT: OK, I've fixed the problem by doing this:

and then rebooting. I'm not exactly sure deleting the directories did it or the rebooting, but it's fixed.

Last edited by ChemBot; 07-28-2005 at 04:47 AM.
Old 08-06-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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2 troubleshooting points for the future:

If you think that a reboot may solve your problem, do it 1st. (In fact, our local help desk won't talk to you if you haven't tried rebooting on your own.)

Since the /tmp directory is never supposed to contain permanent files, perhaps deleting its entire contents (see the link above) is a good general troubleshooting technique.

Last edited by archtoad6; 08-06-2005 at 08:29 AM.


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