How to set the KDE path?

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at
Tue Feb 8 00:40:04 GMT 2011

Stephen Dowdy posted on Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:12:12 -0700 as excerpted:

> Dotan Cohen wrote, On 02/07/2011 08:48 AM:
>> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 15:32, Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at>
>> wrote:
>>> A combination of paths in $PATH and KDE specific
>>> "non-interactive-binaries" paths.
>>> See kde4-config --path exec
>> There is nothing but a blank line there, maybe that is the issue:
>> ✈ganymede:~$ kde4-config --path exec
>> ✈ganymede:~$
> Dotan, i believe it's "--path exe" (not exec)
> unfortunately, kde{,4}-config returns a blank string for any
> path type it doesn't know, instead of throwing an error.
> (maybe it's dynamically extensible to understand run-time
> added types?)
> e.g.:
> sdowdy at zia:~/bin$ kde4-config --path exe
> /home/sdowdy/.kde4/lib/kde4/libexec/:/usr/lib/kde4/libexec/:/usr/bin/


user at host 3 17:02:10 #501 j0 s0 ~ 
$>>kde4-config --path exec

user at host 3 17:02:19 #501 j0 s0 ~ 
$>>kde4-config --path exe

user at host 3 17:02:22 #501 j0 s0 ~ 

(If it threw an error, that s0, which as I have my prompt setup, reports 
the termination status of the last command, would be s<some-other-number> 
after the exec verion.  Yes, that's a two-line prompt, and yes, it's 
packed with all sorts of information, some of which was edited for 
posting.  The various bits of info are color-coded too, but of course that 
doesn't show up here.  The <$KDEHOME> bit in the output is edited as well, 
as mine is non-default.)

... Which suggests an easy workaround to the problem as posted, at least 
for a single bindir.

Create the $KDEHOME/$LIBDIR/kde4/libexec dir or symlink-to-dir, which 
doesn't appear to exist by default.  If you want only a few executables 
listed, create it as a dir and symlink the individual executables.  If you 
want an entire bindir of executables listed, create it as a symlink to 
that bindir.

Unfortunately, that won't work for more than a single bindir's worth, 
without finding and editing the config for that setting to include more 
dirs, in which case you can point it to them directly and don't need the 

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