Needed: modifiable menus or a different order of menu items

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Sat Nov 10 16:28:08 GMT 2007

On Saturday 10 November 2007, Bruce Korb wrote:
> I desperately needed to save the history of my shell window.
> I released the button over the "save as" entry, but the mouse
> wiggled.  The next entry was "erase history".  Everything is
> gone.  Completely gone.  Irretrievably gone.  I can't get it
> back.  Nothing left.  No way out.  Gone.  :(  Irretrievable
> errors should not be so close together.

The menu for KDE3's Konsole is unfortunately not based that part of KDE's GUI 
framework which allows modification (KDE4's Konsole will).

Therefore the number of options are:

- assign a keyboard shortcut to the "Save History" action so you don't need 
the menu fo saving the history

- disable the "Clear History" actions through a KDE action restriction.
For this you either need to put this into your konsolerc (usually 
under .kde/share/config)

[KDE Action Restrictions]

or execute the following commands

% kwriteconfig --file konsolerc --group "KDE Action 
Restrictions" --key "action/clear_history" false 

% kwriteconfig --file konsolerc --group "KDE Action 
Restrictions" --key "action/clear_all_histories" false 

which does the editing for you.

My guess is that the developer thought that the menu separator between the two 
items was enough to keep them save. If you have an idea how this could be 
improved, e.g. a specific different ordering of items, you could add a bug 
entry on to let the maintainer know about it.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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