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Sjonnie48 08-18-2007 12:52 AM

Where has my KDE-panel gone???
All the sudden my KDE-panel has disappeared.
No taskbar, no systray and no clock.
The panel was configured to automatically hide, and without the left and right hand side-buttons.
It's a complete mystery to me.
Is there an unknown keyboard-shortcut that enables/disables the panel?
If so please let me know!

Kind regards,


bhy 08-18-2007 03:02 AM

KDE panel is just another program so it may have crashed. Has it gone completely or does it reappear when you log out and log in back again? When in KDE, press Ctrl+Esc to see a list of running processes. The KDE panel's process is called kicker, so kicker should be somewhere in there. If it's not, press Alt+F2 which should bring up the Run Command dialog. Type kicker in there and press enter. This should restart the panel.

Sjonnie48 08-18-2007 03:15 AM

Thank you for your reply.
Kicker is running, but the panel does not come back after a restart.
So I guess there is something else that has made my panel disappear.

bhy 08-18-2007 05:13 AM

Try to log in as a different user to see if the same problem occurs with default configuration. This will show whether the problem is system-wide or just on your user account.
Also it is possible that you are running some background program (such as rox-filer) which usurps the whole desktop for itself thus covering the panel. Can you see normal KDE desktop icons etc.?

Sjonnie48 08-18-2007 08:32 AM

Everything runs normal, and I have icons on my desktop.
Also there are no background processes that could usurp my desktop.

For another user the panel appears as usual.

bhy 08-18-2007 01:47 PM

That's strange. Try to compare the configuration of KDE under the user account for which the panel works with the failing configuration to see if there are any differences. There are also configuration files kickerrc and kicker_menubarpanelrc in the .kde/share/config/ directory in your home directory. These files allow you to change a lot more configuration options than the GUI Control Center allows. (Although it's unlikely that these files would change by accident.)

Sjonnie48 08-19-2007 08:52 AM

I got my panel back, after editing .kde/share/config/kickerrc to not autohide my panel.
Originally this parameter was set to true, I edited it to false. After restarting the session my panel showed up again.
However it is a mystery how this could happen.
Thanks a lot for your efforts to help me solve this problem.

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