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    Hi, I have a weird problem going on here, btw I am running openSUSE 12.1 64-bit, I was using my computer as usual, the only thing I did differently was that I also logged in to my root account but I did not delete or modify anything important, I just felt like changing the window themes, colors, cursor, etc of my root account. As soon as I finished decorating it I shut down my computer and didn't use it for a few hours. Later when I decided to use it again, I log in to my regular account and I find that the icons for chromium, konsole, dolphin and the system settings are pretty much not there, they were replaced with a white icon with a question mark, when I clicked on them a window appears displaying this: "Unable to run command specified. The file or folder file "///usr/share/applications/kde4/(name of application).desktop" does not exist." Now, I know those applications weren't deleted from my computer because, when I search the name of the application on the search of the application launcher, even though the icon doesn't appear (they're missing on the application launcher as well) instead it says run (name of application) and when I click it it opens the application. In fact I am using chromium right now since it saved the sites I was browsing before what happened...so it sort of is like if the icons of those applications suddenly disappeared.Anyways...can anyone please help me with this? Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: HELP! Application icons suddenly disappeared!

    xxrevenge0 wrote:

    > can anyone please help

    Try this

    Right click the menu button, > edit applications

    From the TABS on the top > edit
    then > restore system menu > then save

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    Did it, but didn't really fix anything >.> Thanks anyways

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    Don't really know what haappened. Though I never login as root. And as for changing the look of root..... !?

    You could try creating a new user called 'test'
    login with it and see if it looks normal

    If it does, would you be prepared to try a new .kde4 in your normal login? (Do you understand what that means)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Don't really know what haappened. Though I never login as root. And as for changing the look of root..... !?

    You could try creating a new user called 'test'
    login with it and see if it looks normal

    If it does, would you be prepared to try a new .kde4 in your normal login? (Do you understand what that means)?
    I made a new user, it's the same. Isn't it possible for me to re-create the missing .desktop files that went missing in the /usr/share/applications/kde4 folder? (chromium, konsole, dolphin and system settings)

    I don't completely understand what you mean in that last sentence. :/

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    On 09/05/2012 05:16 AM, xxrevenge0 wrote:
    > can anyone please help me with this?


    this will be very helpful once you recover from this problem:

    you should never log into KDE/Gnome/XFCE or any other *nix-like system's
    graphical user interface desktop environment as root..

    doing so 1) opens you up to several different security problems if you
    (for example) browse the net, 2) too many, far too easy ways to damage
    your system no matter how careful your actions (for example: normal
    icons might be replaced with a white box with a question mark inside),
    3) anyway logging into KDE/etc as root is *never* required to
    do any and all administrative duties, 4) and, not even logging in as
    root just to see if it works as root is useful, because the "yes" or
    "no" learned is almost always totally useless in finding the
    problem giving the symptoms--while, logging into the GUI as root to
    learn the yes/no could _cause_ the next adverse symptom.

    so, always log in as yourself, and "become root" by using a root powered
    application (like YaST, File Manager Superuser Mode) or using "su -",
    sudo, kdesu, or gnomesu in a terminal to launch whatever tool is needed
    (like Kwrite to edit a config file)...read more on all that here:

    http://tinyurl.com/593e4c
    http://tinyurl.com/ydbwssh
    http://tinyurl.com/4nsaqst
    http://tinyurl.com/665h5ek
    http://www.linfo.org/root.html
    http://tinyurl.com/6ry6yd

    additionally: after logging into KDE/Gnome/etc as root, if you
    experience problems (for example, with uncommanded file ownership and
    permissions changes) and if you can provide us with details of what you
    were doing while you were logged in as root, that would help us identify
    if there's a bug that needs to be fixed...thanks for your help..

    i would try to help you fix the problem you caused by logging into the
    DE as root, but i honestly have zero idea what parts of the system you
    corrupted..

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    On 2012-09-05 10:05, dd@home.dk wrote:
    > i would try to help you fix the problem you caused by logging into the DE as root, but i honestly
    > have zero idea what parts of the system you corrupted..


    I doubt it was caused by merely login in as root - if it were, it is a reportable bug.

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    On 2012-09-05 08:36, xxrevenge0 wrote:

    > I made a new user, it's the same. Isn't it possible for me to re-create
    > the missing .desktop files that went missing in the
    > /usr/share/applications/kde4 folder? (chromium, konsole, dolphin and
    > system settings)


    Mmm.

    Run
    Code:
    # rpm --verify --all
    It should list the missing files, which you should be able to reinstall.

    >
    > I don't completely understand what you mean in that last sentence. :/


    Pointless, the new user has the same problem.


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    On 09/05/2012 01:04 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2012-09-05 10:05, dd@home.dk wrote:
    >> i would try to help you fix the problem you caused by logging into the DE as root, but i honestly
    >> have zero idea what parts of the system you corrupted..

    >
    > I doubt it was caused by merely login in as root - if it were, it is a reportable bug.



    i agree that logging in as root may not have directly caused the
    problem, but it certainly gave the user the power to ruin his system
    (rather than just his /home)...and, i have no idea what the user may
    have done to spoil the system.

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    On 2012-09-05 14:45, dd@home.dk wrote:
    > On 09/05/2012 01:04 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:



    >> I doubt it was caused by merely login in as root - if it were, it is a reportable bug.

    >
    >
    > i agree that logging in as root may not have directly caused the problem, but it certainly gave the
    > user the power to ruin his system (rather than just his /home)...and, i have no idea what the user
    > may have done to spoil the system.


    Yes, of course, it has its dangers. You can drag an drop by accident an entire system directory, for
    instance, so it is something to avoid - however, I had to do that some weeks ago. An unfinished
    upgrade left X non workable for any user, and had to use root's - simply because I needed a big
    screen with many opened terminals in order to do the repairs, pasting text from one terminal to
    another, comparing old/new configs... I finally breathed peacefully when I could log as plain user.
    It has its uses, in emergencies, and being aware of the dangers, but its best to avoid.

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