Glitches running KDE3.2 compiled from source
This message is posted to both debian-kde and to libranet-users.
I have an "almost perfect" setup running kernel 2.6.2 and KDE 3.2.
"Almost perfect" because of a few remaining glitches in KDE 3.2:
1. There is no "Save Session" entry on the Kicker menu. This typically
lives next to the "Lock screen" entry;
2. The Panel has automagically lost all but three of its icons. What
remains are the original three leftmost icons: Kicker, Show Desktop,
3. File associations are sometimes automagically changed. KVim from
Debian sid/unstable is incompatible with KDE 3.2 and I have repeatedly
attempted to set "gvim" as the default association for text/plain. It
keeps getting reset to "kate" without intervention on my part.
4. the FAM daemon has (mysteriously?) stopped running on some occasions.
This prevents kate and kwrite from launching.
5. Saved profiles in Konqueror are too frequently "forgotten".
Background to this installation:
I had bad experiences with trying to install first the .debs
from .kde.org (I did not grasp adequately the significance of
"backported to woody"); but also later with the .debs
from .people.debian.org: applications would load but without a title
bar. As a result, applications could not be resized, moved, closed, or
have the focus changed. In other words, one could work only on the most
recently opened applications, and then only assuming that it launched
in the middle of the screen.The only way to close an application was to
log out of KDE. kwin was reported as loaded and running.
After these repeated bad experiences, I did a virgin reinstall so as to
begin from as "clean" a condition as possible. I kept, however,
the /home partition but deleted the .kderc configuration file.
Installed Libranet 2.8.0 which installs KDE 3.1.1. Dist-upgraded to
3.1.5. I then compiled KDE 3.2 from source using KDE's recently
released tool, Konstruct. I successfully implemented the guidance in
the Konstruct README to maintain and distinguish between the two
versions of KDE (3.15 and 3.2.0).
The only other significant comment is that the "Save Session" entry on
the Kicker menu is also missing from KDE 3.1.5.