Running kde4 applications in the kde3 desktop

Jason Harris kstars at
Fri Mar 24 23:37:04 GMT 2006

Olivier Goffart wrote:
 > The problem is not in kde4 application itself, but in the
 > kde3 application that doesn't run fine anymore once a kde4
 > application is running I suspect a problem in kbuildsycoca
 > or in dcopserver.

One workaround is to run kdeinit when you want to switch back
to KDE3.  IIRC, this will kill the running kdeinit (from KDE4)[1], and 
then you'll have a normal KDE3 session back.  It's not ideal, because 
you have to keep "refreshing" kdeinit, but it worked for me.

I eventually just created a new user for KDE4 development.  I don't 
login as this user, but su to him in one of my konsoles.  Then I can 
happily run KDE4 apps from that konsole without disturbing the rest of 
my desktop at all.

Hope that's useful,

[1] Maybe you have to manually kill the kdeinit, don't quite recall...

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