[kde-linux] Splash screen import errors

Thomas Taylor linxt at comcast.net
Fri Jan 29 22:56:52 UTC 2010

On Friday 29 January 2010 01:48:11 am Duncan wrote:
> Thomas Taylor posted on Thu, 28 Jan 2010 21:11:31 -0800 as excerpted:
> > When I go to Start > Configure Desktop > Appearance > Splash Screen
> > > Get New Themes, it takes me to the kde-look.org page, but I
> > haven't been able to install the splash images I want.
> > 
> > When I click "install", it displays the circling balls but doesn't
> > install anything.  In two cases it shows the busy balls then goes
> > back to the menu (images: BlueLinuxSplash, Simple Swirled).  When
> > I try to install two others (BlueElectric, KStarboard Splash), the
> > busy balls appear and then the install box changes to uninstall. 
> > However, after I reboot, I find nothing has been installed and no
> > additions have made to the splash screen menu (see attachment).
> > 
> > Is this a bug in the factory version or am I trying to install
> > incorrectly?
> FWIW, I had get-new-stuff/kdelook installation failures and a few
> other similar issues (toolbar config changes not taking in certain
> apps, etc) on my old installation.  After a bit of an accident wiped
> out some of my homedir, I restored from backup, but changed things
> around a bit, and several of those issues "magically" went away.
> I'm not exactly sure what did it, but the config files themselves
> were pretty much identical.  The one thing I KNOW I changed was that
> before, I had various symlinks setup, redirecting the usual hidden
> variants of the $KDEHOME dir to an unhidden real directory path. 
> With the restore, I actually set $KDEHOME to the unhidden real
> directory path (~/kde), and did away with several of the symlinks. 
> Thus I /think/ it was probably the symlinks that were the issue
> before.  Now that $KDEHOME is actually set to the real directory I'm
> using and it's not trying to go thru symlinks, it does seem to work
> better.
> So I can't say for sure it'll work, but I'd check that $KDEHOME is
> set and exported when you run KDE, from your xinit, bashrc or
> whatever, and that it points to your real user config dir, not a
> symlink, which apparently isn't properly dereferenced part of the
> time.
> There may be similar issues with $KDETMP, which I think defaults to
> ~/tmp, $KDEVARTMP, which I believe normally points to /var/tmp/~user
> or some such, etc.  Ensure that these dirs are not actually
> symlinks, and/or if they are, that the vars are set to the real
> directory path, so no symlink dereferencing need occur, as that does
> seem to screwup certain aspects of kde, for some reason.
> IOW, regardless of whether you have those vars set or not and are
> thus using the default locations, make sure that the locations that
> are getting used are the real paths, not involving symlinks.  If
> they do involve symlinks, set and export the vars, pointing them to
> the real paths, NOT the symlinked versions.
> If you confirm that was your problem and the above solves it, then
> you've just confirmed what I discovered quite by accident.  If you
> aren't running symlinks, then either you have an entirely different
> issue than I did, or I'm attributing my fix to quite the wrong
> thing.

Those environment variables don't seem to be my problem as they're not 
set.  The output of "set | less" shows:


Thanks for the response though.

Thanks, Tom (retired penguin)
openSUSE 11.2 x86_64, KDE 4.4RC2
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