January 24, 2007

Two graduate students experienced problems with KDE recently: the application menus disapppeared and they could no longer open files by double-clicking on then in konqueror or on the Desktop. The source of the problem is still a mystery, but we do know how to fix it.

Solution

Short version: logout, switch to Gnome or a console login, remove the file .config, and then log back into KDE.

Long version:
* logout
* choose Gnome from the Sessions menu and log back in
* open a terminal and enter these two commands
\rm .config /var/tmp/kdecache-whoami (you can replace whoami with your username)
* logout (see the Desktop menu)
* choose KDE from the Sessions menu and log back in