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mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 3:10 pm
by eemaestro
I finally found kalarm under Start button.....Utilities.

So I decided to set an alarm. Unfortunately, I tried to do too many things at once, like I opened a Konsole window to try the sound file from /usr/share/sounds/ while radiomargaritaville.com was already playing music on the soundcard. And I already opened the KDE Plasma GUI "Get New Widgets" to search for kalarm before I found it.

So now KDE won't log me out when I activate either Leave.....Logout or Leave.....Shutdown.
Anybody know how I could restore my KDE settings to either this morning or last night? Yes, I could log out wi/ <Alt><SysRq> REISUB, but I'd like to fix what I broke first.

I kinda doubt this is even possible. But am often wrong, so thought I'd ask before I break something else.
The other thing that is wrong with KDE is that icons that correspond with currently-running instances of applications, such as iceweasel and konsole, don't appear on the taskbar.

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$uname -r
3.9-1-mepis64

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 3:39 pm
by joany
Does MEPIS 12 come with the MEPIS User Assistant with the Repair tab? If so, it'll probably allow you to do a "reset" back to a usable state.

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 3:49 pm
by kmathern
joany wrote:Does MEPIS 12 come with the MEPIS User Assistant with the Repair tab? If so, it'll probably allow you to do a "reset" back to a usable state.
Nope.

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:18 pm
by Richard
This is no help for your current situation,
but for the future...a frequent backup of a known, good ~/.kde
should allow rebooting a CD, USB, or another installation
and then replace the damaged ~/.kde

At any rate, I'm doing that, since I already managed
to break the panel in my new Kde install in MX14.
And that is what I found to get it back to its original state.

Should work well as a backup?

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:26 pm
by uncle mark
Perhaps OP should rename ~/.kde and reboot, and hope a new ~/.kde is created with defaults.

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:37 pm
by lucky9
That's what I'd try. (use a LiveDisk)

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:41 pm
by joany
uncle mark wrote:Perhaps OP should rename ~/.kde and reboot, and hope a new ~/.kde is created with defaults.
It may work, but the defaults might be pretty basic. The result might be like what you get when installing KDE from scratch, and not something the OP would be happy with. Copying the .kde folder from the Live DVD to /home is probably the way to go because that would replace it with Warren's configuration.

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:46 pm
by Richard
That's the idea.
Make a backup of a known, good ~/.kde
to restore back to where you were.

And Joany's idea is good also.
Speed up trying to get back to a good state.

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 pm
by eemaestro
uncle mark wrote:Perhaps OP should rename ~/.kde and reboot,
Rename what ~/.kde ?

Do you mean change the name of ~/.kde to some different name, and then reboot w/ <Alt><SysRq>REISUB ?

Has anybody ever done that?

Re: mucked up KDE 4.8.4 again in MEPIS 12 64 bit

Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 5:56 pm
by joany
eemaestro wrote:Rename what ~/.kde ?

Do you mean change the name of ~/.kde to some different name, and then reboot w/ <Alt><SysRq>REISUB ?

Has anybody ever done that?
Boot the Live DVD and rename /home/username/.kde as /home/username/.kdebak (substitute your actual user name for "username"). Then copy the entire ~/.kde folder from the Live DVD's file system over to /home/username. You might have to do all of the above as root.

If things go sideways, you can always restore /home/username/.kdebak to the original name and be no worse off than you already are.