Can we please have an updated and confirmed working "build KDE from source as separate user"?

Mark markg85 at
Mon Jan 2 17:37:43 GMT 2012

On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 12:59 AM, Shaun Reich <shaun.reich at>wrote:
>> Honestly, running a separate user for it just makes everything more a
>> pain than it should be.The better way is to just run it under your
>> user but use different environment variables when you want to run
>> master apps. Your crash is likely caused by the fact that you
>> attempted to run an application (Dolphin) from master, yet it was
>> still using the $QTDIR from /usr/.., in other words probably too old.
>> I just have a command, "runmaster" which switches the current shell to
>> one that has all the environment vars setup to run a compiled
>> application. This way I can have a stable desktop, and run and test
>> things from master manually and whenever I want to.
>> Actually, yes, I see that your QTDIR is pointing to /usr. That is
>> incorrect for building from source.
>> Truly, I recommend not going the separate user route, that's sort of
>> why it's not well documented. Mostly because it shouldn't be
>> fact, I even added it somewhere a long time ago saying that other
>> methods are better than a separate user (no idea if it's there or not,
>> some people go too crazy on wiki edits and don't preserve enough past
>> info).
>> That is completely the opposite of what was suggested to me in the last
> few months of the kde svn days. Back then it was specifically suggested to
> use a separate user for kde developing stuff. Don't know who suggested it.
> I personally like to have it all as a separate user since then everything
> is just at one place and i can test it as if i had the latest kde version.
> either way, having your script would probably help a lot. Can you put it
> on techbase?
Oke, i don't get it..

.profile gets sources in interactive login shell (kdm?)
.bashrc gets sourced in shells.

I have my environment edits in .profile yet it still tried to run programs
from /usr... instead of /home... Why?
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