How does KDE store changes to the K menu?

Philippe Hemmel phemmel at
Mon Jan 27 10:01:49 GMT 2003

Very interesting ! 

I was looking for the files storing the preferences for applications
priorities to open a mimetype.

I've found the file "profilerc" in $HOME/.kde/config contains some
information (but not all that I need), but I haven't found anything like
that in /usr/share yet.

KDEDIR may solve my problem.


Le dim 26/01/2003 à 19:18applications, Christopher Dawkins a écrit :
> > a) where does KDE store the changes one makes to the K menu and taskbar?
> >  I can't seem to find anything very useful in the .kde directory in my
> > home directory.
> >
> > b) how can I change the K menu default settings so that users can have a
> > more suitable K menu without having to edit it themselves (being only
> > just technically minded enough themselves to just about log in to a
> > Linux machine!).
> I have been working on these problems for the last few weeks, and have not
> yet fully solved them. But I have found out (AFAIK):
>  a) .kde2 was a mistake: KDE3 has reverted to .kde for user settings.
>  b) panelrc ditto.
>  c) taskbar settings are stored in kickerrc
>  d) menu settings are picked up from .desktop files in applnk, and
>     .kdelnk files are also supported but are deprecated.
>  e) The files in /opt/share or /usr/local/share are read first, then
>     those in ~/.kde/share, but this can be changed by setting $KDEDIRS
>     which by default does not exist.
>  f) KDE 3.1 will offer more control, but KDE 3.0 allows you to control
>     all your users by (e.g., the way I have just done it) creating a
>     user "kdelock1" and setting that how you want, then setting for
>     all your users (here through an export from Xsession)
>        $KDEDIRS=~kdelock1/.kde
>     they then pick up their settings from that user, but for the
>     moment this only works if you delete their personal kickerrc
>     files, which I am currently doing in Xsession every time they
>     log in. But you need to exclude ~kdelock1 from this, otherwise
>     you clobber your master settings (the voice of experience ..).
> I have not yet solved how to control the bottom area of the K menu,
> but I have been told KDE 3.1 will help with this.
> The $KDEDIRS facility appears to be very powerful.
Philippe Hemmel <phemmel at>

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