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Month: December 2011

Device Icon Bugs

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:51:37 -0800 (PST)
Although I have been submitting many patches, I am but a C++ newbie. There are some bug reports I very much want fixed. Two of the reports likely all have the same cause and likely could be resolved with the same patch. The problem likely is TDE not initializing correctly. Another report is closely related to those three:

385 Unmounted removable device icons do not appear on the desktop (
372 Storage media applet doesn't show usb stick at kde startup (
392 Desktop Device Icon Placement (

The first two are usability bugs. Users expect device icons on the desktop. Icons should appear when TDE is started and should not require a device change event to show other icons.

The third bug does not cause any crashing, but the placement behavior is contrary to 3.5.10 and other desktop environments. The traditional placement of new icons is in the first vertical left-side column, below existing icons, and when no room exists there, to start in the second vertical column, top. As TDE is being marketed as a traditional desktop, we should embrace those expected behaviors. Ideally, there should be a KControl option that dictates whether placement hierarchy is vertical or horizontal, but the default should be vertical.

A fourth bug that hampers usage:

692 Kate: focus is broken when using the --use parameter (

I've looked at the code and patching these bugs is beyond my current skill set. :( Hopefully in a year I can say differently, but not today.

I'd be grateful if some of you C++ experts would look at these bugs. I'm ready and willing to test patches. And I'll likely learn something too. :)