[KDE/Mac] kde4 on Tiger using macports

Jonathan Stickel jjstickel at vcn.com
Sat Dec 27 05:33:24 CET 2008

On 12/26/08 kde-mac-request at kde.org wrote:
> From: Jonas B?hr <jonas.baehr at web.de>
> Subject: Re: [KDE/Mac] kde4 on Tiger using macports
> Hi,
> Am 23.12.2008 um 17:58 schrieb Jonathan Stickel:
>> > I have (finally) built and installed kdebase4 using mapcorts on Tiger
>> > (10.4.11).  However, nothing runs correctly (if at all).  kwrite is  
>> > very
>> > slow and ugly.  More importantly to me, dolphin will not start at all.
>> > I try to start it two ways, and I get
>> >
>> > $ open -a dolphin
>> > 2008-12-23 09:39:58.684 open[24306] Couldn't launch application:   
>> > (null)
>> >
>> > $ /Applications/KDE4/dolphin.app/Contents/MacOS/dolphin
>> > (...prompt returns with no message, and then...)
>> > <unknown program name>(14342)/: KUniqueApplication: Cannot find the
>> > D-Bus session server
>> >
>> > Not much for me to go with here.  I do have dbus-daemon running.   
>> > Any ideas?
> I'm also fighting with dbus problems... I did not have simipar  
> problems with kdelibs-4.0.0
> First, try to build dbus with the "no_x11" variant. (does anyone know  
> *why* x11 is the default?) to prevent X11 from launching each time you  
> start a KDE app.
> Then, the mac_initialize_dbus function looks in the environment for  
> DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS. If this does not exists, it looks for  
> DBUS_LAUNCHD_SESSION_BUS_SOCKET in the current environment and if this  
> fails too it looks in the environment of launchd (via launchctl's  
> gentenv). I don't know where the dbus-daemon should actually be  
> started (perhaps Benjamin could help here, he has written this code).
> However, you can start it manually and let it set the needed env-vars  
> for you.
> Try in the terminal:
> $ eval `dbus-launch --auto-syntax`
> $ /Applications/KDE4/dolphin.app/Contents/MacOS/dolphin

I did find something to this effect after googling a bit.  It kind of 
helped with some apps (kwrite and opening a file), but dolphin was still 
broken, now with a different error message.  Anyway, I've given up for 
now.  KDE3 started working for me again and is just fine for me at the 


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