[kde-linux] Help - KDE refused to start!

Sylviane et Perry White spwhite at freesurf.ch
Wed Dec 28 14:02:11 UTC 2005

On Tuesday 27 December 2005 19:18, Mark Phillips wrote:
> I have been running KDE 3.3 on Debian (kernel 2.4) for over a year with no
> problems. This morning, whenever I boot into KDE I get the message
> "KDesktop Error - Sorry could not find mime type application/octet-stream"
> and then the desktop freezes. The mouse moves, but I cannot dismiss this
> error window nor activate any other desktop or access the main KDE menu. I
> have to pull the power plug to reboot the machine.
> I booted into safe mode and looked at /etc/mime.types, and
> "application/octet-stream     bin" is there.

Strange, I also have "application/octet-stream     bin" in  /etc/mime.types
(plus other extensions 		dms lha lzh exe class iso dmg)
I also found /opt/kde3/share/mimelnk/application/octet-stream.desktop
That 1.9 KB file has the cogwheel icon but the filetype is also declared as 
unknown on my system (and it boots OK)
> The only change I made to the system last night was to add some file
> associations for OpenOffice 2.0 using the KDE File Associations gui. I
> installed Openoffice 2.0 from the Debian backports site and it has been
> working for about 3 weeks now. However, the file associations for the new
> OpenOffice file format were not present, so I thought to add them using the
> KDE tool File Associations GUI (in the control panel, I think). I am sure I
> did not delete the application/octet-stream file associations, but then
> again, stranger things have happened.
> How do I get KDE running again? What is the program name of the File
> Associations tool in KDE. Perhaps I can run it and add back the
> application/octet-stream association (assuming it is not there...just a
> guess). 

found on my system :	/opt/kde3/bin/keditfiletype
NOTE I'm not convinced the problem is really here (see above)
and I would be very cautious in using that tool.

> Or, what file keeps these associations for KDE and can I edit it 
> from the command line?
I don't know if it is not /etc/mime.types (didn't even know about that file a 
little while ago)
> Thanks!
> BTW, I am stuck in low resolution GNOME until I get this fixed......please
> help save me from these gnomes!!  ;-)

I hope that helps and whish you good luck	Perry

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