need assistance reconfiguring new build of KDE

Christian Herzyk christian at
Tue Apr 15 09:28:05 BST 2003

> From: Christian Müller

> Am Sonntag, 13. April 2003 20:01 schrieb Dan Shakhmundes:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I have been running Gentoo Linux, with KDE 3.0.3 through VNC.
> >
> [snip]
> >
> > 1) I still get the KDE 3.0 splash screen on start-up.
> >

Same here, I am thinking of re-emerging kmsplash, though I don't care


> Gentoo sometimes keeps more than one version of an installed
> package around (in so-called different "slots").
> Normally that's a feature, not a bug :)
> I guess that's what happened to you.
> If you don't need KDE 3.0.3 any more then unmerge it.  That way
> you can be sure
> you don't have any old stuff around.
> Try
> emerge unmerge kde-base/kde-3.0.3

That should really not be needed. I had both running for some time (was the
time of 3.1rc6) and it was fine. This is handled well in Gentoo (see below,

> After that take a look at /etc/env.d/ and check whether all the
> references to kde3 have disappeared.
> Then do an env-update (again).
> If you still got broken entries you might try to fix them manually or
> create a symlink:
> ln -s /usr/kde/3.1 /usr/kde/3

There should be no need. Gentoo keeps everything that has to do with kde 3.1
in /usr/kde/3.1 and looks for them there.

> In your home dir, make sure that you only have *one* directory tree
> for your KDE config files.  It may be that you have to manually move
> around files if you want to keep your configuration.
> For example, I have a directory .kde3.1 and,
> out of paranoia, symlinked .kde, .kde2 and .kde3 to it.
> Not sure if this last procedure is recommended (not very clean)
> but it works for me...

I think that Gentoo handles it the following way.
The config files for 3.1 are in .kde3.1 the ones for 3.0.x in .kde3
Any kde version (at least from 3.0 onwards) are looking for their config
files in .kde.
So when you choose a version in kdm a .kde symlink is created/changed so
that it points to the apropriate directory.


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