Rescuing a messed up Plasma desktop

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Mon Oct 31 18:13:05 UTC 2011

2011/10/31 Nigel Ridley <nigel at>:
> 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

Almost every upgrade of KDE made some bad thing to my plasma desktop
(crashes, widgets and activities messed up) so now I always delete the
config files "rm .kde/share/config/plasma*"

It's to bad it have to bee like that but I don't know any other way.

/ Jonas

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