K-Mail display issue [Solved]

James Kerr jim at jkerr82508.free-online.co.uk
Sun Mar 28 22:36:23 BST 2010

On Sunday 28 March 2010 I wrote:

> On Sunday 28 March 2010 Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Sunday 28 March 2010 09:11:39 phillips88 at gmail.com wrote:
> > > On Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:57:23 Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > > Check the path again - the last Colors is a tab - are you
> > > > sure you don't have  that?  I don't have access to Mandriva
> > > > just now, but I'm sure that their systemsettings will not be
> > > > different from other distros'.  On any except Common Colors
> > > > in the drop-down list, you should have Normal Background and
> > > > Alternate Background - probably at the top of the list.
> > > >
> > > > If you open systemsettings less than full-screen, it may not
> > > > be obvious that  Common Colors is actually in a drop-down
> > > > list.
> > >
> > > Thanks Anne, you inspired me to look harder, actually in
> > > Mandriva 2010.0 this option is hidden deeper than that.
> >
> > In that case, for the sake of the archives, can you please post
> > the complete path for Mandriva?  I'll add it to the userbase
> > article, too.
> On my Mandriva 2010.0 (4.3.5) system that option is exactly where
>  the Kmail FAQ says it should be.

Anne, I've just noticed that you've added a paragraph about Mandriva 
to the Kmail FAQ. Unfortunately, this gives the impression that 
Mandriva has some convoluted customised version of systemsettings, 
which so far as I am aware is not the case. (The images in the 
userbase are what I see on my systems.)

The only relevant customised aspect of a Mandriva system is that it 
labels the Menu entry (and a panel icon) as "Configure Your Desktop". 
These open systemsettings, from which point the generic instructions 
in the FAQ apply.

If a Mandriva specific comment is needed in the FAQ, then I think that 
something along the following lines would suffice:

"On a Mandriva system to access systemsettings, select "Configure Your 
Desktop" in the menu or the panel icon with that name."

(You can probably phrase that more elegantly than I have done.)

As I'm sure you recall (but others may not know), Mandrake/Mandriva 
has used this naming convention for many years. IIRC at least since 
KDE2.x. It is done in order to differentiate between KDE settings 
(which are mainly user preferences) and system-wide configuration 
which is done by the root user in the Mandriva Control Centre.


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