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    Default problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    I am in the process of migrating my PC from 42.1 to 42.3, both with Xfce. At this moment I have a dual boot PC with 42.1 still operational and 42.3 nearly ready with /home and /usr/local applications copied from 42.1 to 42.3 and tested nearly all my applications successfully. But I am unable to get the kdepim applications working. When I start any of them, the result is only an extremely wide window (maybe 20x the width of my screen) and which is only grey with some blacks. No menu items, etc. It looks as if it is a very much exploded window that is shown on my monitor, nearly uniformly grey with a few bands, but there does not seem to be any contents on it. The only thing I can do is close it (from the drop down menu on the title bar), or drag it around (with Alt-mouse). That is how I could see that it is indeed very wide and, to a lesser extent, high). I have installed, reinstalled, etc, but this behaviour remains

    I have a separate PC as mail server which runs autonomously without peripherals with 42.3 and Xfce, and I have installed (for testing) kdepim apps on it. With ssh -X I logged in from my PC and started korganizer, but the resulting window on my PC was the same, although it was much slower to display. Finally, I hooked up monitor, keyboard and mouse to this server and started again korganizer locally and then I got the normal korganizer window as it should be.

    I now believe that the problem is not the kdepim application itself but the connection to the X server on my PC. But all other applications do not have any problem, so I am somewhat exhausted in my options to look for solutions. I have looked at some system logs, but they seem rather normal.

    I would appreciate any indication for where to look for what is amiss in my 42.3 setup on my PC.

    Thanks, Charles

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Have you tried a fresh user account to rule out "wrong" user settings causing it?

    That said, I think it's likely because Qt5 tries to adapt to the screen resolution more than Qt4 did...
    Do you have a similar problem with YaST, e.g.?

    What does this command say?
    Code:
    xdpyinfo | egrep "resolution|dimensions"

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Code:
    charles@fiume7:~> xdpyinfo | egrep "resolution|dimensions"
      dimensions:    1280x1024 pixels (338x270 millimeters)
      resolution:    96x96 dots per inch
    I made a new clean user account, started korganizer and got the same erroneous results.

    Thanks for the help.

    Charles

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Sorry, overlooked your other question. But no, all other programs behave very normal. Yast, Firefox, picture viewers, etc.

    Charles

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Quote Originally Posted by fluid_02 View Post
    Sorry, overlooked your other question. But no, all other programs behave very normal. Yast, Firefox, picture viewers, etc.
    Hm, that's strange. At least YaST should have the same problem as it is also based on Qt5 (as mentioned).
    OTOH, your display resolution/DPI is ordinary standard too (exactly the same as I have in fact...)

    Could you maybe provide a screenshot?

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    I have made a couple of screenshots and contrary to my earlier message, when dragging in all directions, the window seems to contain a "sensible" korganizer window, although massively blown up. When making the screenshots and moving the window over the monitor I noticed that (after some minutes) there were actually 2 screens, the first one (I think) simply "KOrganizer", the other one "Calendar - KOrganizer", both blown up. But there was only 1 korganizer started and killing 1 window, killed the other as well. After dragging too long the windows around (for making the screenshots), the PC freezes and does not react any more, not to ctrl-alt-del nor to ctrl-alt-F1.

    I have made comparisons between the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ files (especially the monitor.conf) on my PC and on the mailserver PC (where korganizer works). I used the monitor.conf of the mailserver PC (which is different, it has been modified) with my normal PC, but makes no difference. I temporarily removed the /etc/X11/qtrc file on my PC (it was not installed on my mailserver PC), but it makes no difference. Yast works, see screenshot. I would use another equivalent package it there was any. I only need the organizer (and an address book), nothing fancy or integrated.

    The screenshots can be seen on http://tinyurl.com/y8ropeyk

    Charles

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Sorry to say so, but I've never ever seen this before, nor have I seen it reported. I don't suspect the videocard or something like that, since it's limited to kOrganizer. A new user experiences the same, so it's definitely a system issue. Any extra repos involved? Please show
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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Yes, strange indeed, and definitely unrelated to the screen resolution/DPI...

    Maybe there would be any clue if you started korganizer/kaddressbook in an xterm?

    Btw: /etc/X11/qtrc is irrelevant, that's from Qt3...
    Last edited by wolfi323; 09-Mar-2018 at 05:08.

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    Default Re: problems with kdepim applications Korganizer, Kaddressbook, Kontact

    Another thing: What happens if you login to e.g. IceWM instead?
    Would it work there maybe?

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    Sorry for the delay in my reply, but I was away from my PC over the weekend.

    Here is the zypper lr -d output:
    Code:
    charles@fiume7:~> sudo zypper lr -d | sed -e 's/[ ]*$//'
    Repository priorities are without effect. All enabled repositories share the same priority.
    
    #  | Alias                     | Name                                    | Enabled | GPG Check | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                                      | Service
    ---+---------------------------+-----------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------+----------+--------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+--------
     1 | Contrib_Software          | Contrib Software                        | Yes     | ( p) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | dir:///home/contrib/done/RPMs                                            |
     2 | Mozilla                   | Mozilla                                 | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_Leap_42.3     |
     3 | Wine                      | Wine                                    | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/  |
     4 | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0      | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-0                    | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ASUS_DRW-24F1MT_S1AI6YDH301HG0        |
     5 | packman.inode.at-suse     | Packman Repository                      | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/                         |
     6 | repo-debug                | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug                | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/oss/      |
     7 | repo-debug-non-oss        | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Debug-Non-Oss        | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/non-oss/  |
     8 | repo-debug-update         | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug         | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/oss/                 |
     9 | repo-debug-update-non-oss | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Debug-Non-Oss | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/             |
    10 | repo-non-oss              | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Non-Oss              | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/non-oss/        |
    11 | repo-oss                  | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Oss                  | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/oss/            |
    12 | repo-source               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source               | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/oss/     |
    13 | repo-source-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Source-Non-Oss       | No      | ----      | ----    |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/leap/42.3/repo/non-oss/ |
    14 | repo-update               | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update               | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/oss/                       |
    15 | repo-update-non-oss       | openSUSE-Leap-42.3-Update-Non-Oss       | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/leap/42.3/non-oss/                   |
    16 | skype-stable              | skype (stable)                          | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/                                       |
    17 | skypeforlinux             | skypeforlinux                           | Yes     | (r ) Yes  | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable                                        |
    In my local "contrib" repository I keep a few downloaded RPMs such as skype and an Epson driver.

    In my tests, korganizer (or for that matter, kontact or kaddressbook) are always started from an xterm, and starting an Ice WM does not make a difference in the problem.

    The monitor is a simple and rather old ACER one, conected to the DVD-I port if my Asus P170-P motherboard. No separate graphics card.

    Charles

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