How to fix a broken account?
D. Michael McIntyre
michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Sat Dec 16 14:58:08 UTC 2006
On Saturday 16 December 2006 5:32 am, Thomas Sperre wrote:
> Yes, and no. I am pretty konfident that it will work, but it will also be
> quite time consuming to figure out which files in .kde is safe to keep and
> which should be removed. However, if manual is the only way, then...
The only way I know. There could be better ways I guess. I have no idea.
I've had to do this on occasion. In all the upgrades and updates since KDE
2.1 I've had to gut ~/.kde probably no more than three times, so I haven't
invested a lot of effort trying to come up with a more focused approach.
> Is it an alternative to backup ~./kde and then progressively delete files
> in the installed folder, assuming that kde will replace the missing ones
> with default values? It looks to me like there is a system to get values
> from a default location if there is nothing particular in the user accounts
That could work, but the number of files you really need to keep is probably
smaller. Do you have a clue which config files to start shooting down?
> Another question, where is the more valuable files located, typically? I
> can see that kmailrc is one I would like to keep, but I guess stuff like my
> konqueror bookmarks, contact list from kopete, etc is also donw there
It varies by application, and it tends to be fairly obvious what config files
belong to what.
find ~/.kde -name kopete\*
(or use a graphical searcher thingie if you prefer, of course)
I usually catch things on an as-needed basis when I run something and see how
tall an order it's going to be putting it back the way I had it by hand.
One of the trickier ones is the address book, which stores its stuff in
That and my kmailrc are probably the ones I go for first, filling in any
blanks thereafter case by case. Just a question of whether it's quicker to
click a few checkboxes or figure out which file to import, stop the app, copy
the file, and restart it.
D. Michael McIntyre
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