Plasma death

D. R. Evans doc.evans at
Tue May 26 14:25:37 UTC 2009

Donn said the following at 05/25/2009 03:48 AM :
> Hi,
> Just wondering if I am alone in having, every 2 days or so, to do:
> killall plasma && plasma &
> ?
> Windows slow down. They don't redraw. Stuff just stops working. I perform the 
> above and it's ok again for a while. 

Nope. There are a couple of long-standing bug reports about this (unless
this is a new bug with the same symptoms, which is always possible).

Aaron insists on that it's a driver problem. I insist that
it's not (on the grounds that it's been reported on Intel, ATI and nvidia
-- but of course a user's opinion doesn't count). External evidence
suggests that it's actually a Qt bug.

The problem can be helped (not solved) if you have any clock plasmoids by
making sure that they don't display seconds. Basically, it seems to be a
memory problem caused by updating plasmoids too much. I believe that a fix
has been submitted to Qt, so it shouldn't be too long before it arrives in


PS Another thing that helps is NOT to use KDE for mass copying of files.
The always-irritating notification thingy is rewritten a bunch of times
during such a copy, and is almost guaranteed to precipitate this bug.


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