Questions after 3.5 Upgrade on Fedora

Dave McDonald drmcdona at
Mon Jan 30 14:19:29 GMT 2006

Philip Rodrigues wrote:
> Dave McDonald wrote:
>> I upgraded my KDE from the distributed Fedora Core 4 version to 3.5 and
>> I am having some confusion about setting settings, menus, etc. I'm not
>> sure if this is related to Fedora sharing menu items between KDE and
>> Gnome, but I can't find answers to the following questions:
>> 1. When I try to launch the menu editor from the context menu on the "K"
>> icon, nothing happens - I can start the application from the terminal
>> command line.
> Bizarre. Can you start it from K menu -> Settings -> Menu Editor?
When I tried this, I didn't have any Settings menu......

Thinking that this may have been a symptom of something worse, I went 
back and checked the installed RPM's that YUM had put in - I have 
multiple versions of some kde modules (like the kdelibs, kdebase, 
kdeutils) ending with .FC4 or .FC4.kde. Rather than trying to puzzle 
this out, I plan to remove everything and re-install with one consistent 
set of code. I will also check the admin guide and follow your 
suggestions below about the .local and .config directories.

One last thing, the kicker doc for "Special Buttons" is here ...

Thanks for your help.


>> 2. The User's Guide discusses adding "Special Buttons" to the Kicker by
>> using the context menu, but my context menu doesn't have "Special
>> Buttons" as an option.
> They're now listed under the "Add applet to panel" dialog. Could you point
> me to the exact place in the User Guide that has the confusing/incorrect
> information, so it can be corrected.
>> 3. When I started up (and when I regenerated the menus) the KDE
>> configuration tools (like menu editor, configuration manager, help
>> center, etc) were  not on the menus  and  had to be added manually.  I'm
>> not sure how many kde components are actually missing. Is there a way to
>> reset the  menus to an  initial "out of the box"  state? Even when  I
>> manually recycled the  menus, they only went back to  pre-3.5-upgrade
>> level not  back  to a  completely new  (and fully populated) state.
> Rename ~/.local and ~/.config . Your distro might use some other directories
> too, I suppose - check the XDG_DATA_HOME and XDG_DATA_DIRS environment
> variables. (I think that's what they're called. Check the user guide,
> section "KDE for Admins")
>> 4. I can't find in the kicker configuration screens any way to disable
>> the large (1" high) tooltips that come up for the kicker icons. I can
>> disable the desktop tooltips but not the kicker ones.
> Control center -> desktop -> panels -> appearance -> enable icon mouseover
> effects.
>> I'm beginning to to suspect that something went wrong during the upgrade
>> - it that is so, is there a procedure to eliminate any pre-3.5
>> definitions and start clean?
> The best way to check whether this is the case is to create a new user and
> start KDE with that user. If everything works with that user, it's a config
> problem; if the same problem occurs, it's an installation or KDE
> problem/bug.
> Regards
> Philip

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