[kde-linux] Possibility of problems when copying files over?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 23 08:14:02 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 23 January 2008 06:30:35 david wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > I'm getting a bit worried about this laptop, as it seems to have a few
> > problems not seen on any other computers on the LAN.  For instance, if I
> > log out > End Session it freezes on a blank screen.
> >
> > The laptop has had a hard-drive replacement.  Before it went back to the
> > manufacturer I made a backup of all data and config files.  All my .kde
> > folder was copied back.  The old drive had Mandriva 2007.1 and the new
> > one has Mandriva 2008.  Does anyone know whether there have been any
> > significant changes that would cause problems if the old config file is
> > being used?
> I'm using old config file, but not Mandriva, and often have that
> problem. Sometimes it works fine if I sit there moving the mouse around.
> Sometimes it returns to my text login screen, with various error
> messages being displayed about fontconfig or "Bad Window" messages from
> KDE. All in all, I blame the increasingly-faulty quality control of the
> KDE team.

I don't think that's a fair comment.  I have always avoided upgrades, knowing 
that problems like this can occur.  Copying those files across like that is 
much the same as doing an upgrade.  Unfortunately I broke my own rule, and 
didn't back up the original .kde folder.  What I'd really like to do is to 
back up the current one and get a clean .kde folder again, so that I can 
reinstate only the essential folders, such as mail.

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