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Month: November 2011

3.5.13 Usability -- KDE 4 Takes Over

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 18:31:42 -0800 (PST)
I'm testing my 3.5.13 packages. I'm running Slackware 13.1 in a virtual machine. Full stock installation.

KDE 4 is installed. All KDE 3.5.10 packages have been removed.

Every time I started Trinity the Akonadi server dialog appeared, the desktop changed to KDE 4 Desktop View, and the KDE 4 file indexer started.

Long story short: I traced the problem to the Trinity startkde script.

The default 3.5.13 Trinity startkde script incorrectly sets the $KDEDIRS environment variable and includes the /usr directory. That means KDE 4 apps start when starting Trinity.

The $KDEDIRS environment variable is intended to be a user defined variable and should not be set globally.

Further review of startkde shows duplication of code and some code in the KDEHOME section that makes no sense.

Even if somebody explains why $KDEDIRS should be set in startkde, somebody still needs to explain why /usr is in that path.

I will file a bug report. Before I do that I would appreciate comments and observations from other people regarding startkde. Other people must be running into this same problem. :)