Posts Tagged ‘KDE’

After upgrading to Natty 11.04, my gvim open dialog became more flaky. In before “:tabnew” and “:split” bashing, I am a noob so pardon my familiarity with Open dialog.

The Problem: Whenever I open gvim from shell and initiate the Open file dialog then try to open a directory, it doesn’t open the directory and the busy cursor is display. And it  just stuck there like forever. Also, oxygen-appmenu caused Gvim to be unresponsive whenever you click on the menu.

The Workaround: Run gvim in foreground, so it will not fork and detach from the shell it was started in. ‘gvim -f <filename>’ or ‘gvim –nofork <filename>’

Personally I modified my .bashrc to create a new alias for gvim as follow: alias gvim=’gvim -f’


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If you are upgrading to Amarok 2.3 Clear Light and experiencing crashes, weird behaviour in layout, CD can’t be played. Then you can take few bold steps as I suggested below.

Note to self: once there is a major update, wipe clean the previous version completely.

Wipe out your config and application layout and database.

mv .kde/share/apps/amarok/ ~
mv .kde/share/config/amarok* ~

You lose all your playlist, cover arts, etc… but Amarok works amazingly well again. You can try putting the config/database back one by one. Though I don’t bet on that. Wipe config alone will not give you a functional Amarok you have to kill apps/amarok as well, like in my case, layout isn’t remembered and new scanned tracks got weird random tag from random existing track.


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