Build Problem: "Could not find any plugins on startup"

Miljenko Jakovljevic miljenko.jakovljevic at
Sat Mar 10 15:04:08 UTC 2018

Thank you!

The issue was with the environment variables after all.  After changing the
shell prefix with
*source ~/kde/.setup-env *kdevelop runs smoothly.

Best regards!

Miljenko Jakovljevic
E-Mail: miljenko.jakovljevic at

On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 8:01 AM, Sven Brauch <mail at> wrote:

> > Since I was building kdevelop as a standalone program without the kde I
> > don't have the $HOME/kde/usr directory. So I set the QT_PLUGIN_PATH to
> the
> > location of the local .so files in kdevelop/build/plugins. I even tried
> > putting all the .so into a separate directory and putting that into the
> > path. All to no avail.
> >
> > Is it a preferred approach to build the whole kde from source viz. to use
> > the kdesrc-build tool even if one just wants to build kdevelop?
> That directory being created is unrelated to building any other KDE
> components, it's sufficient to run "make install" in KDevelop. Not sure
> why loading the plugins without installing doesn't work for you, but I
> guess they do not find the libraries they are linked against (because
> those are not installed into a useful location).
> Making KDevelop runnable without installing it would be a nice thing,
> but it's not currently the case afaik.
> Best,
> Sven
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