[kde-linux] kmenu and kcontrol are empty!

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Tue Jul 19 23:17:15 UTC 2005

Fabricio Gava de A. Jorge wrote:
> Hi,
> I installed KDE 3.4.1 from source on Linux From Scratch, it is running 
> ok, except for kmenu and kcontrol. These are empty. I installed KDE 
> following the documentation, installed arts, kdelibs, kdebase, kdeadmin, 
> kdenetwork, kdemultimedia, kdegraphics, kdeutils, kdeartwork, kdeaddons 
> and kde-i18n-ptBR. I ran kbuildsycoca and it gave me no errors, but the 
> problem remains. No programs from the installed kde packages are on the 
> menu, but I installed separately Kvirc, and its icon appers on kmenu. 
> Kmenuedit can be opened only from terminal, and when opened it shows 
> some folders, but all empty and in english (the default is portuguese).
> I opened kcontrol from terminal, and I could see:
> WARNING: No K menu group with X-KDE-BaseGroup=settings found ! 
> Defaulting to Settings
> but I don't know if there is any relation with the problem.
> All users have this problems, even root.
> Other programs like Konqueror and Kate, seem to work properly.

You need to do a little system administration the first time you install 

You need to set some environment variables:

	KDEDIR=<where you installed KDE>

	QTDIR=<where you installed Qt>

Normally on Linux, you would do this in two profile.d scripts.

Then you might need to configure the PATH set by KDM in the file:



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