Rescuing a messed up Plasma desktop

uteck theuteck at
Mon Oct 31 18:11:53 UTC 2011

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.

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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