K-Mail display issue [Solved]

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 29 19:45:35 BST 2010

On Monday 29 March 2010 16:14:43 James Kerr wrote:
> On Monday 29 March 2010 Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Sunday 28 March 2010 22:36:23 James Kerr wrote:
> > > 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.
> > 
> > I confess that I was a little surprised - Mandriva are not usually
> > 
> >  so very different.  Before I change the entry again, can you
> >  please just check for me - is the path that Philip gave me an
> >  alternative path, or actually wrong?
> It seems to me that Philip is attempting (somewhat unsuccessfully) to
> expand on the generic instructions.
> On a Mandriva system, there is no menu entry or icon called "System
> Settings" and so the path begins with  "Configure Your Desktop".
> "Look & Feel"  is the heading for the group of items that includes
> "Appearance". It may be useful to include this step in the generic
> instructions, for those people using the "Classic tree view". In that
> view, "Appearance" is only visible when the Look & Feel group is
> expanded. (Mandriva uses the icon view as default.)
> I think that by "Colour Set > Selection" he means that a selection
> needs to be made from the drop-down list in the line captioned "Colour
> set:". "Common Colours" (the initial selection displayed) is clearly
> wrong, since that is the only option that does not include an
> "Alternate Background" setting.
> It's possible that some people may need more verbose instructions than
> the generic instructions provide. I don't know. It's difficult to put
> oneself in the position of a neophyte.
> There is no doubt that the only Mandriva specific comment that is
> needed is one relating to the name of the menu entry (and panel icon).
> Whether or not the generic instructions need to be expanded would
> depend on how many people have had difficulty following them.
OK - I'll try to borrow a Mandriva box on Wednesday (no chance for tomorrow).  
I think it will be much easier for me to decide exactly what needs to be said 
if I follow it through, step by step.  Thanks for replying.

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