Removing Recently Used from Kickoff Launcher

Tim Johnson tim at
Wed Jun 9 05:36:36 BST 2010

* Duncan <1i5t5.duncan at> [100608 16:29]:
> Tim Johnson posted on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 11:12:32 -0800 as excerpted:
> > I'm using KDE 4.2.4 on slackware 13.0 32-bit.
> > 
> > I am unable to remove Documents from the 'Recently Used' panel.
> > 
> > Right-clicking and choosing 'Clear Recent Documents' does not work.
> > 
> >  I note that there is a folder at
> >  /home/tim/.kde/share/apps/RecentDocuments but there is nothing in it.
> > 
> >  How do I get rid of the document references? thanks
> Hmm...  The documents appear to show up in my RecentDocuments dir, here, 
> using kde 4.4.4, and context-menu clearing them does work.
> Perhaps it's a bug that's fixed in newer versions?  
  Hopefully. I'm planning on upgrading to slack 13.1 which, according
  to documents, uses 4.4.3
> 4.2.4 /is/ rather old, 
> not only several monthly micro/bugfix versions old, but two six-month 
> minor/feature versions outdated as well.  Your version is well over a year 
> out of date, and a *LOT* of kde bugs have been fixed since then!  (4.2.4 
> was the kde4 version I got serious about switching from kde3 with, and it 
> was still very close to unusable, more alpha than beta quality.  4.4 is 
> far better, what I'd call real release candidate status, anyway.  That's 
> the number of bugs and missing functionality bits that have been fixed!)
> It's a bit of a long shot, but you might also wish to check the system dir 
> corresponding to the user dir you mentioned above.  IOW, assuming kde is 
> installed to /usr, /usr/share/apps/RecentDocuments.  Normally, that'd be 
> an empty dir, but if it contained anything, it'd probably have restricted 
> user write permissions, which would explain not being able to delete it as 
> your normal user.  How the documents might have gotten into the system dir 
> I don't know, but if they're there, it /would/ explain the symptoms.
  Thanks for the input, there is no /usr/share/apps/RecentDocuments
  on my system. Running 'locate -i recentdocuments' I get the
  tim at bart:/usr/share/apps$ locate -i recentdocuments
  none seem to offer any solution and show (relatively) ancient

  I hope to see a time when a year-old desktop is not considered
  old. :0)

  I'll mark this up to a trivial problem which is probably rectified
  when I reboot.


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