Rescuing a messed up Plasma desktop

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Tue Nov 1 02:26:39 UTC 2011

On 10/31/2011 08:11 PM, uteck wrote:
> Sorry if this was posted before, but I just joined the list.
> Did you try bringing up a terminal, or using the F2 run command, to restart
> the desktop with 'plasma-desktop' ?
> Although backing up the entire .kde directory is good, I do that regularly
> before upgrades to make recovery easier.

I new there was an easier way -- I just didn't have access to anything to be able to search the 
archives and so I did what I knew would work - even if it was the long way around :-)


> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Nigel Ridley<nigel at>wrote:
>> I just had a slight major problem: I had just closed Firefox and the
>> window turned white but did not close. The close button was unresponsive so
>> I pressed 'Alt + Ctrl + Esc' and got the 'skull and crossbones' which I
>> then moved into the [white] Firefox window and clicked - apparently Firefox
>> wasn't actually there - but the Plasma desktop was! I killed the Plasma
>> Desktop and no matter what I tried - logout; reboot; cold reboot - the
>> desktop wouldn't load - just a black screen :-(
>> So I did a 'Alt + Ctrl + Delete' and got the 'Leave' options; logged out
>> and then a 'Alt + Ctrl + F1' to get to TTY1; logged in and then 'mv .kde
>> kdeOLD' - logged out, 'Alt + Ctrl + F7' and logged into a brand new Plasma
>> desktop :-)
>> I then spent half an hour getting my dektop the way I like it, then I
>> copied my new .kde to another folder, renamed it .kdeGOOD and copied it
>> back into my home folder. Now if I managed to mess things up again I can
>> just rename my .kdeGOOD to .kde and everything should be good again....
>> Hope this helps someone else.
>> Nigel
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