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  1. #1
    sabaka NNTP User

    Default desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    hello all.
    this is my second stint with the chameleon, first time back in '98-'99.
    i wasnt ready then; but as my new world order paranoia has elevated, i
    feel using linux is a great first step in learning how to program and
    build my own computer/toolbox.
    ...after a couple months of preparation, research, and hours and hours
    of reading, i trashed the trash and elevated to opensuse on new year's
    eve night. i dont know why people are so afraid. i havent had any
    serious problems, and any issues i've had i either worked out myself, or
    took the time to dig through countless pages of forums and wikis. its
    all so much easier than 10 years ago! btw, opensuse has the best
    community -- clear, direct, no infomercials (i.e. ubuntus), no nonsense.
    eventhough this is my first post, you've all helped me, educated me
    greatly.....and CLI is GREAT!! great CLI plus innovative GUI is my
    ideal.

    with that said, i'm having a couple minor issues that i haven't been
    able to workout through all of my searching. nothing major, just very
    annoying:

    i've removed the panels, and have my widgets/icons free-standing.
    however, my kicker menu icon keeps resizing itself on startup; whenever
    i make it smaller, it will be bigger after i re/boot. and after i got
    rid of the panels and widgetized the kicker, i cant find my "suspend to
    disk" options anywhere in the menu, nor in my shutdown widget! they
    would be very useful for my laptop, but they disappeared.
    also, i'm using cairo-dock, because i hate the grayish boxes that some
    of the kde panels have (like the pager, and digital clock, etc.).
    problem is, if i open firefox on desktop 1, the icon will also be in the
    cairo-dock on desktop 2, but not desktops 3 or 4. if i open it in 1, i
    only want the icon docked in 1. also, sometimes the cairo-dock seems to
    move windows from one desktop to another on its own (unless i
    unknowingly do that by some shortcut or something).
    can someone please educate me, help me workout these annoyances?!?

    i'm using opensuse 11.0, with kde 4.1.3. (should i upgrade to
    11.1?..should i wait until 4.2 is more stable before upgrading kde?)

    sorry if thats alot of reading. but i'm excited about my first post and
    getting my first help issues worked out with the community.
    Linux is great! Opensuse is the most comprehensive!
    all who complain otherwise are just lazy puzz!3$.
    after all, its just a computer...

    thanks in advance for everyone's help....and i will keep bumping this
    until someone helps or until work it out alone!

    --sabaka..25th dynasty


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  2. #2
    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    For kicker issues, open konsole and run


    Code:
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    mv /home/-username-/.kde4 .kde4old
    --------------------


    Replace -username- with your username, logout, login back and see if
    the problem continues.


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  3. #3
    sabaka NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    ...thanks for the suggestion, freedguy. but all that did was made me
    reset all of my settings. the kicker icon continues to re-enlarge itself
    re-login/boot.

    i am still searching and working on solving this. it is very annoying
    when mostly everything else is how i want and need it.

    ..i can post a screenshot, once i figure out how, unless someone wants
    to quickly educate me on that, as well. (i havent had a need to do that
    as of yet)

    anyone have any other suggestions for any of these issues?


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  4. #4
    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    How do you resize icons on kicker (plasma panel)?

    If you resize the panel, icons will automatically get resized, right?

    Yes I'd like to see some screenshots.

    The easiest way to post screenshots is, taking screenshots using
    ksnapshot, uploading them on sites like 'ImageShack'
    (http://www.imageshack.us), 'Photobucket' (http://www.photobucket.com),
    'Imageloop' (http://www.imageloop.com), 'ImageBam'
    (http://www.imagebam.com) etc etc, getting image codes and posting them
    here.


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  5. #5
    sabaka NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    i've had a long weekend, so i'm not exactly sure what i'm being asked
    (maybe i am)...
    but the my menu icon, the chameleon head, keeps resizing each time i
    boot up or login.
    in the following 3 screenshots:
    #1 is the way i want it. notice the menu icon at the bottom left.
    '[image: http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5...ktopxxqn2.png]'
    (http://img155.imageshack.us/my.php?i...sktopxxqn2.png)

    #2 & 3, notice how the menu icon at bottom left is larger than in the
    first image.
    '[image: http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/6...sktop1ao2.png]'
    (http://img155.imageshack.us/my.php?i...esktop1ao2.png)
    '[image: http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/3...sktop2ro5.png]'
    (http://img155.imageshack.us/my.php?i...esktop2ro5.png)

    ...i resize with the little buttons that appear when hovering over the
    icons.

    ..also, are there any suggestions about retrieving my "suspend to disk"
    options?

    thanks once again, freedguy and anyone who is able to help.


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  6. #6
    sabaka NNTP User

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    "thanks in advance for everyone's help....and i will keep bumping this
    until someone helps or until work it out alone!"

    peace, people..


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  7. #7
    sabaka NNTP User

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    ...i'll assume that these issues are known bugs which have yet to be
    worked out...???

    "thanks in advance for everyone's help....and i will keep bumping this
    until someone helps or until work it out alone!"

    btw...my linux toolbox is the best 'puter i've ever used.


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  8. #8
    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    Which is that plasma theme you're using? Looks strange. (can i say
    odd?)

    Try changing the plasma theme and see if the icon-resize problem goes
    off. I remember applying a plasma theme from kde-look.org and the whole
    desktop becoming a mess.

    KDE 4.2 has a lot of improvements over 4.1. You wont regret by
    updating.


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  9. #9
    sabaka NNTP User

    Default Re: desktop issues: kicker resizing, wacky cairo-dockage


    ...
    actually, i switched to 4.2 the day before yesterday...
    i haven't had those previous issues since.

    ...however...

    now the pager will resize itself to its tiniest proportion when i
    startup/reboot/login.
    and the widgets and icons will reposition themselves if the get too
    close to the bottom or side screen edges.
    ...i've simply removed the pager, until i find the fix for it..the
    repositioning thing, like the issues in the previous posts, is just very
    very (very) annoying.

    i've been searching for bug reports, etc., about the pager thing, but
    have yet to find others with a similar problem...


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  10. #10
    sabaka NNTP User

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    sorry. forgot the new screenshot:

    '[image: http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3...esktopwl3.png]'
    (http://img254.imageshack.us/my.php?i...desktopwl3.png)


    ...and i also forgot to mention that i am not able to remove the text
    from beneath the icons...i thought i knew how and did that before, so
    maybe i forgot how. maybe i never did and just dont know how...either
    way, i will (re)figure that out, that is, unless keenly intelligent
    OpenSuser would like to (re)enlighten me.


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