stealing focus ... back, with a shortcut key?


All of ye people who use a focus-follows-mouse mode probably know the situation where for instance you click on a link in an email, the webbrowser comes to the foreground and takes focus. With KWin, you can mouve the mouse cursor all you want, as long as it remains in the original (email) window you won't get your focus back.

Sometimes that's exactly what your want, preferably without having to touch the mouse. Older WMs (often?) had a "give focus to window under mouse" command which could be assigned a shortcut.

Kmail without kdewallet?

I'm running Kmail 5.2.3 and kdewallet under Debian 9. Can I safely uninstall
kdewallet? (Kmail is the only program I run that uses it).

Reason is, I usually start Kmail on my server via ssh from some laptop or
other. If I go to fetch mail from my ISP, Kmail opens a box for my ISP's
mail password (the same as my previous installation of Kmail 4 did).
However, IF I've previously logged in to my server, kdewallet opens a box for
its password on the server instead, which is a nuisance (and much bafflement
before I accidentally found this out).

Setting encoding in Kate

Is there a way to mark a file as using a specific encoding? Like some
string inside a C comment that Kate recognizes?

Change which PAM config file kcheckpass uses


By default on Debian-based systems, kcheckpass (used by kscreenlocker_greet)
uses /etc/pam.d/common-auth, but I would like to define a separate PAM
configuration for kcheckpass. Would I just need to create
/etc/pam.d/kcheckpass, or do something else?



start menu icon


In Plasma 5 we can right-click on the start menu and set our own icon.
However when I switch my menu from kicker to kickoff or kickerdash, the
menu icon changed to the default one and when I switch back to the kicker,
my own icon was gone and the default one is used. Would anyone please tell
me how to keep my own icon in the kicker mode, or even when switching to
different menu mode?


Configuring/compiling gbuffy on modern Debian systems.


Gbuffy was removed from Debian quite a few versions ago, not sure why but
I'm still using it on my Debian 7.11 system. To install it I had to manually
install gtk 1.2 and whatever other dependencies were needed, from ubuntu
packages IIRC.

This page explains the old dependencies.

Two-Factor Authentication on KDE Plasma 5 and kscreenlocker_greet


I am interested in configuring two-factor authentication on KDE Plasma 5 using a
PAM module for the second authentication factor (e.g. OTP) in addition to a
password. I have found that SDDM does not support this yet:
<a href="" title=""></a>

I could use LightDM or GDM instead of SDDM for the display manager, but the
screenlocker will also need to support two-factor authentication.

what does the drawing pin / thumbtack do?

Having a play with kde plasma 5. I have not used kde for about 10 years.
Much has changes in that time. I can't figure out what the purpose of the
drawing pin / thumb tack on the top left corner of a window. Somebody
please reveal it's purpose, or point me in the direction of an appropriate
web site.

Regards, Chris Roy-Smith

Akonadi won't go online.

Some time ago, my computer crashed and had to be restarted ungracefully....

Now, I'm unable to get my Kontact accounts to go online.

I have put mysql in recovery mode and restarted akonadi.

How to backup file tags and comments?

Dear all!

I see that now in Plasma 5.10.2 at least for me the first time both file tags
and comments (that I can enter via Dolphin) seem to be stable and not suddenly
disappear. So I would like to use them much more, BUT...

... I would also like to know how I can backup the database(es) that this is
based upon so that in case of setting up a new / different KDE distro I can
"simply" restore all the meta file information.

Thank you very much in advance for helping!

I. Thomas

border (or frame??) missing on Konsole


I am using KDE 4.4.14

I have my Scroll bar ... on the left side...

The right side has nothing so when I hover mouse
to let say stretch the window [horizontally] it's
visually difficult (for my old eyes) to spot the
border (which does not really exist)

how can I get the border enabled on Konsole?

thank you,

Task manager window grouping failures and KWin window-action slowness

I have LOTS of windows, and while task manager window grouping in KDE4
started off pretty bad early on, it got better for me.

In Debian Jessie, i would have issues running 3 different firefox
profiles with differing Class Instance names, where it would still
*usually* correctly separately group them, but sometimes draw the
incorrect icon for them.

Where are Kate syntax files stored?

Syntax highlighting XML files used to come with katepart, but that's
gone now in KDE5. I did a brute-force grep on my filesystem, but still
can't find the syntax XML files :-/

Where are they?

Please delete my last reply, if possible

Could you please delete my last reply as I used my official private email
address: <a href="mailto: ... at libertymail dot net"> ... at libertymail dot net</a>

Thank you very much in advance!

Please delete my last reply, if possible

Could you please delete my last reply as I used my official private email
address: <a href="mailto: ... at libertymail dot net"> ... at libertymail dot net</a>

Thank you very much in advance!

Monitor configuration spoiled after reboot Plasma 5.10.2

Dear all!
I have a notebook (screen resolution 1600x900) and attached via HDMI a second monitor
(Full HD)
When I set up my second screen properly so that the laptop screen is off and the second
external monitor is my primary display and then do a reboot, the second screen becomes
a second screen again without task bar or widgets, but also the notebook screen is this

Gwenview: Copy To forgets last used directory

Copy To should retain previously selected directory, otherwise it is
unusable. Currently it always opens image's directory. Please, recover
v3 functionality more carefully. It has wise, well-considered UI.

RE: [resolved] need to launch multiple instances; no Tabs ....

sorry if this gets to you twice, i don't recall I posted
what happened with this:

issue was unintended consequence of my customization.

i had:

System Settings->Windows Behavior->Windows Behavior->Advanced tab

checked the Windows Tabbing's Automatically group similar windows.

i have un-checked that box now.

Thank you,

FHDATA wrote on 07/18/2017 07:49 PM:

need to launch multiple instances; no Tabs ....


I am new using KDE 4.14.8

Due to my work I need to have multiple (in order of dozen)
sessions open. Looking/working with tabs gives me
headache (losing productivity).

How can I launch separate instances of Konsole? or even xterm?
As many as I like... It's my computer ;-)

By separate instance meaning a new Konsole or xterm window (not
just another tab in same window).

Thank you,

Re : Slowness in Graphics display

Dear All,

I downloaded KDE recently and it was working fine for few hours and then
slow down.

I check and found few things :

1. - intel_powerclamp
- intel_rapl
- intel_rapl_perf
- x86_pkh_temp_thermal

I removed from module loading list and I can see some improvements.

2. I try to remove nouveau graphics and intent to use i915 Intel default
I am not able to remove.


Bluetooth transfers fail KDE 4.14.30

[KDE 4.14.30 on Fedora 25]

I used to be able to use Bluetooth to send photos from my Galaxy Note 3 to my
desktop in Fedora 23. Very handy. Now I can't, and I'm not sure how to try to
find out why. All my old settings look normal and were inherited from my old

Where to start?

KDE automounter mounts as root

Why KDE automounter mounts USB stick as root? I can't write it from my
logged desktop. What is the sense in automounter then? As root I can
mount and copy files from console. Filesystem type vfat.

KMail dependence on Akonadi

By what purpose there is KMail dependence on other services? Can it
work standalone?

reset kate autocomplete history


I'm using Debian with KDE 4.14.2 and Kate 3.14.2, and I can't find how
to reset the auto-complete history for certain project, I've generated a
lot of files over the months, and I still get the recommendations from
the first ones, witch are of no use at this time.

Thanks a lot for the help,

Alberto Garza

krecipes with remote mysql server


Any krecipes users on/out here?

I'm trying to set things up so that I can have a central mysql database that's accessible from multiple hosts. I'm a complete newby in this domain, but did manage to follow the instructions [] such that the command

%> mysql -u $logname -h remote_host.local -p

gets me a connection. Not sure if it's really necessary, but that started working after I did a `GRANT ALL ON *.* TO '$logname'@'portia.home';` .

kwin language setting?


Where/how does one set (force) the language used by KWin5 (the X11 version)?


Disable drag from inner window

Hello everyone,

I am KDE user for many years. But in this case I cannot find a solution
for myself.

I am using a touch screen and I want to disable the feature that moves
QT-windows with the mouse from other areas than the title bar.

Any suggestions are welcome :)

Many thanks in advance


download "Attic"


I just discovered that "old" applications versions were moved to an "attic" recently, which broke my packaging.

Was this announced somewhere?


Cashew disappeared from tool bar

The cashew has disappeared from the tool bar.

I can't configure the tool bar without it.

How do I get it back?

Screen blanking much like a blank very dim screen saver

This is one of my pet hates. I use the on off button when I don't want the monitor on.

I have disabled kde power management and did that as soon as I installed kde5. This started happening a couple of days ago. Probably an update some where.

I haven't timed how long it takes to do this but I can't see any settings anywhere to control it. I hadn't noticed that 5 doesn't seem to include a screen saver option but it behaves much like one except the screen goes close to black.

Can't move windows anymore

[KDE 4.14.30 on Fedora 25]

The darnedest thing: suddenly I can't move a window by grabbing the title bar.
Neither full height windows nor dialogs. Others have reported this, but mostly
in past releases. It seems I need to kill the kwin process and restart it with
"kwin --replace". Failing that, logout and back in. I'd rather not do that.

First off, I don't have a "kwin" process, though I do have a "kwin_x11"
process. Secondly, is "kwin --replace" the right way to start kwin?

Issue burning Audio CD's from CUE file

Hello, Everyone
Whenever I rip a CD to my computer that contains segues that would be
messed up by ripping each track to a separate file, I have k3b rip to a
single file and then generate a CUE file of the result.

Banner "I'm going to Akademy"

Hi guys,

The "I'm going to Akademy" banner is ready. You can find it here:

<a href="" title=""></a>

Jens also designed a very nice Konqui/Indalo mascot for the event, which you
can use as you see fit.

TIP: The Konqui/Indalo image is a perfect square. You could use it as an
avatar on you social media until the end of Akademy.



Program for Akademy 2017 Available


The program for Akademy 2017 is also now officially available:

<a href="" title=""></a>

Again, your help in spreading this information will be very much appreciated.



Registration for Akademy 2017 is now open. Don't forget to book your place!


Registration for Akademy 2017 is now open. Help us organise accommodation,
venues and activities by booking your place.

<a href="" title=""></a>

Also help us spread the word by sending, sharing, liking, posting this
information to all your media and social media outlets.

Thank you for your cooperation


Tried to send a bug report and it got rejected. What's the problem?


I just tried to send a bug report and it got rejected. I sent it to the
address specified in the automatically-generated bug report.

The mail system

< ... at kde dot org>: host[] said: 550 5.1.1
< ... at kde dot org>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in virtual alias
table (in reply to RCPT TO command)

Strange... Does anyone know why this happened? Do I have to send it to
a different address? Or does one have to be previously registered as a
developer for bug reports to be accepted?

Default keyboard layout on login screen

I have two keyboard layout, english and russian.
What I do:
0) Laptop is turned off
1) Turn on laptop
2) I see login screen, keyboard layout is english (it is good)
3) Login
4) Change keyboard layout to russian
5) I lock the screen with Ctrl+Alt+L
6) I see login screen, keyboard layout is russian (it is bad)
How can I get that at (6) I have english keyboard layout?
Thank you a lot.
KDE Plasma 5.9.5

Thanks for KDE!

kmail and malformed dates

I regularly receive mails from my energy provider which, I believe, have an
over-complex and malformed date field.

The latest mail has the date field as:

Kmail is unable to parse this field and, as the date is not present, the mail
becomes the oldest in the mailbox.

I recognize that it is unreasonable to expect kmail to parse badly formatted
dates but if no valid date is found why can kmail not assume today's date,
though not display it, and put the mail at the head of the list?

I have requested a change to be made by the energy provider but

I want compile KDE from source

Hi Friends I want test the new version.

I see the source from <a href="" title=""></a> and I
want compile the latest version from source. Who can helps me ?

Normally I have not problem with:


make && make install

But for KDE what i need to compile all? qt libraries and something
like that for example.

Thanks in advance


Disable program loading icon in taskbar?

Hi; on KDE 4 (4.14.2) when I open a program I get an icon in the taskbar which indicates that the program is loading, it takes up space and I want to remove it. I know I've done this before, I just don't remember where the setting is. Any ideas? Thanks

Changing konsole tab title name adds unwanted text to WM_NAME


I'm using the following on CentOS 7.3:

Qt: 4.8.5
KDE Development Platform: 4.14.8
Konsole: 2.10.5

I've noticed that when I first open konsole, the *WM_NAME properties are as

WM_NAME(STRING) = "Konsole"

But if I change the tab title via something like this:
$ qdbus org.kde.konsole $KONSOLE_DBUS_SESSION
org.kde.konsole.Session.setTabTitleFormat 0 "NewTitle"

Or by using an escape sequence, the *WM_NAME properties are updated thusly:

_NET_WM_NAME(UTF8_STRING) = "NewTitle \342\200\223 Konsole"
WM_NAME(STRING) = "NewTitle ?

Problem with plasmashellrc off ~/.config

I've stopped all of the cataloguing with the aim of bringing it back up in a way I may find useful - ;-) a bit less exuberant.

I thought this was all baloo related but bookmarks still come up when I use the start button search. This seems to be down to plasmashellrc. A line gives a white list of plugins that mention bookmarks also services and baloosearch in my case. Baloo is disabled. So I remove bookmarks from the list and it gets written back in as soon as I use the start button search and up pops the bookmark search panel.

Client rejected by automatic spammer detection system

I'm trying to register with my real name and email to <a href="" title=""></a>
I only get to "Client rejected by automatic spammer detection system"

My KDE keeps forgetting desktop settings and I'm not even able to ask for
Could be similar to <a href=";t=119769" title=";t=119769">;t=119769</a> but
it's unclear what the solution was there.

A few question about KDE

Hello, I am a user of Cinnamon DE and I am determined to switch to KDE.
I have some questions about KDE that I'd be grateful if someone answer
to them.

1. Why the archive of "KDE" mailing list is private?
2. How much KDE is secure?
3. Why some Linux/UNIX guys hates C++?
4. At what level is the code quality of KDE?
5. Is C a bad language for developing big applications?
6. From what area are the most sponsors and donators to KDE?

Thanks and excuse me for bad English.

Pager Widget Modifications?

Hi all,

I'm running the following:

CentOS v7.3
Qt: 4.8.5
KDE Development Platform: 4.14.8

That the latest KDE I could find via yum :(

I have looked in the KDE Store, but so far I have not yet been able to
find a pager widget (or desktop theme) that does not include outlines of
windows. I find that extremely annoying because all I want to see in
the pager is the name of the virtual desktop.

When wayland spreads it looks like no more running gui's as root.

This cropped up on a forum recently.

Unable to remove fuzzy clock plasmoid

I just added the fuzzy clock plasmoid to my desktop. Not knowing the dimensions before it actually appeared, I unwittingly placed it too close to the edge of my screen and half of it is now off-screen.

kjots delete one level upper books

Iam using kjots and want to delete the level upper the book.
I can easily create them but there is no function to delete.

Why openSUSE uses KDE by default?

Hello, please participate in below thread:

<a href="" title=""></a>

: session no longer restores to chosen (virtual) desktop


All of a sudden my Plasma4 session is being restored to a single desktop instead of to the desktops on which windows were open when I saved the session.

I don't use auto-save exactly to avoid this kind of annoyance. I wonder if I touched one of the settings that control this kind of behaviour; can someone please enumerate the settings (in systemsettings) that control related aspects?


git server audit issue


Where does one report issues with the central git server?

I just spent over 30 minutes trying to work around an auditing problem for a problem that I thought I had already resolved locally.
I had committed a file "" by accident in a local working copy, and removed it again 2 commits later when I realised what had happened.

How to configure font size for Qt4 applications?

When running Qt4 applications (there's still quite a few of them), they
use a very tiny font for their UI. When I run the "qtconfig" tool to
configure the font size, it works initially. However, on the next login,
KDE overwrites my ~/.config/Trolltech.conf file and puts this in it:

font="Sans Serif,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0"

So all Qt4 apps use a 9pt font again, which for me is tiny.

I cannot find a spot in System Settings where that "9" comes from though.

Error "The process for the file protocol died unexpectedly." in KDE 5 apps which use KDE 4 libraries

Hi all,

I get the error "The process for the file protocol died unexpectedly."
if I press, for example, File/Open" or "File/Save in Okular (version
0.26.1). All apps with that error message are using KDE development
platform 4.14.26 (Information of Help/About <programname>, the
dependencies and "lsof -p PID").
I'm wondering about that, because the concerned programs are KDE 5
programs and as far as I know, KDE 4 libraries and programs are

I got that error message at the first time after a upgrade (I'm using
Debian testing).

Plasma search and one other

Panic over. Some how I had picked up gnome tracker.

It all started when I noticed some odd memory usage changes and got the impression that there were 2 cataloguing thingies at work. I'm not keen on them.

When I looked at kde search setting I had disabled file indexing but noticed that when I disabled the plugins that the were re enabled when I logged back into the desktop so thought that the problem was down to that.

There's no sign of baloo in memory and tracker has now gone. Looking at it's directories it's a crawler and had managed to get up to 1gb. Baloo 1.8gb.

Plasma search and one other

I didn't realise that this was running but noticed it with all of the options selected in kdesettings-search so unchecked all. Done I thought except when I looked again after a reboot which meant logging in again and all were active. This seems to be caused by just logging out of the desktop and back in again. Tried it several times and it always happens - deselect all and log back in and they are all active again. I did click apply when I deselected.

Is there some way of really stopping it from running.

Where kde saves user settings ?

Can anyone tell me where kde stores things like

Start button menu content.
Task bar content.
The state a user left when they logged out so that windows will mostly be restored etc.

Think I have covered all that would be needed but maybe there are others?

It's pretty obvious where some apps keep their states but I'm having problems finding out where kde stores similar things.


Icon size in Okular and other applications


I've got Plasma 5 on a HiDPI monitor (Apple MacBookPro 12,1, retina display).
With some tuning, I've managed to set the right size for most icons on my
desktop and many applications.

However, there are some applications where icons are still too small. One
example is Okular and the icons of the menu entries, as you can see in the
attached screenshot. There are also other applications with similar little

Is there anything I can do to change the size of these icons?

sddm greeter.

Questions not directly related to kde but it's a kde app.

I'm still looking at running different desktops on a per user basis and unlike others sddm seems to have what's needed. According to the arch wiki this can be spec'd per user name.

This is done in /etc/sddm.conf however there is more in /usr/share/sddm. That seems to be where faces and themes are spec'd. Also facilities to run scripts before log in and after log out.

reduce height of KDE kicker icon

I recently updated to Fedora 25, KDE 4.14.29 and the icon for the kicker
("K") menu is much too tall, no matter what size of icon to put in it.
There's no way to resize it through the UI, nor any config file I can find.

How do I reduce its height?

Trying other desktops in different user accounts.

Not that I am changing from kde but I want to try this and at some point it will be kde in a different user account so that playing around wont mess up the one I usually use.

I just did this by creating an account that ran lxde. ;-) Ram usage lower than kde but I'd say similar cpu usage. I do wonder about that sort of thing as I loaded kde4 into nvg netbook and it was OK. Unlike the windows it came with.

I'm using opensuse leap42,2. I couldn't find a way of avoiding loading kde into the user account first and then adding lxde and then selecting that on login to the desktop.

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