Building KDE-3.2.1 from Source---figured out how to get kcontrol ui to display proper options
jimwjensen at centurytel.net
Mon Mar 22 03:08:32 GMT 2004
The Appearances & Themes section of the kcontrol ui is populated by
<filename>.desktop items in /usr/share/applications/kde/, and whose
beginning text is like this:
and whose last line is like this:
The last line immediately above tells kcontrol to display this option in
the "Appearances & Themes" section of the option list.
Now, the reason that only Splash Screen appears (initially after
building KDE-3.2.1 from source) in the Appearances & Themes section is
that file ksplashthememgr.desktop is the only file in
/usr/share/applications/kde/ that has the above properties.
There is a file colors.desktop (any others) that closely resemble the
format above. The only difference I can find is that they contain a
line Type=Application among the first few lines. Specifically,
colors.desktop begins like:
and ends like:
To get Colors to appear in the kcontrol ui section Appearances & Themes,
I deleted the line "Type=Application" and saved the file as
kcolors.desktop. Magic!! Now the kcontrol ui Appearances & Themes
section contains Colors and Splash Screen.
Why on earth all this doesn't happen automatically during build is a
mystery to me. But it is clear that to get the kcontrol ui sections
populated correctly, some editing (removal of the Type=application line)
of .desktop files in /usr/share/applications/kde/, and saving as... is
This only took me about 4 hours to figure out :(
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