[kde-linux] kmenu and kcontrol are empty!

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Thu Jul 21 06:33:55 UTC 2005

Fabricio Gava de A. Jorge wrote:
> James Richard Tyrer escreveu:
>>Fabricio Gava de A. Jorge wrote:
>>>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 
>>KDE on LFS.
>>You need to set some environment variables:
>>	KDEDIR=<where you installed KDE>
>>	QTDIR=<where you installed Qt>
>>	PATH="$QTDIR/bin:$PATH"
>>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:
>>	$KDEDIR/share/config/kdm/kdmrc
> Hi,
> Those environment variables were set, except KDEHOME, that I set on 
> /etc/profile, but the problem remains. :-/

OK, so it wasn't the easy problem.  It appears that it isn't finding the 
menu files.

There is a file: "applications.menu" that must be in one of these two 


And there are two directories: "applications" & "desktop-directories" 
which should be in:


This stuff all needs to be world readable.


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