Running TW KDE with latest fixes and this morning I wanted to change some desktop settings so went to Configure Desktop but on opening the screen I am presented with the Wallpaper tab which says ‘Layout changes must be applied before other changes can be made’ with an Apply button beneath. However I’ve not made any changes (yet) and hitting Apply does not unlock the other tab options for me to select. The Wallpaper screen is empty apart from the message and button.
Works fine here (Leap 42.3 with latest Qt5, KDE Frameworks5 and Plasma, i.e. the same versions as in Tumbleweed).
The dialog looks normal, only if I do make a change to the “Layout” the mentioned message appears. If I then click on “Apply Now” (or the normal “Apply” button), the layout change is applied and the dialog restarts showing all options again.
So, have you actually tried to click on “Apply”?
Maybe you did change the layout by mistake? (or maybe Plasma just thinks it has been changed, might point to a “broken” config file I suppose…)
Wolfi do you off-hand know which config file might be a problem? I could try deleting it and see what happens. Also I use wallpaper of my own kept in a folder in my home directory. Could that be an issue?
Well I tried a new user and when I logged into it I have the same issue, however the desktop did not come up as they normally do with a panel at the bottom etc. Anyway I have switched back to my normal login and that now is missing the plasma stuff normally in the systray so something is not right with plasma. My F27 VM does not exhibit the issue but this is a new system with nothing added etc as far as widgets or desktop config goes. I did try adding a custom wallpaper but it still all works. Nothing to do as far as any updates are concerned on my oS TW system.
I just tried copying back an old plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc from a backup but it still does not fix the issue and the layout when I logged back in with the old file was nothing like it should have been, it was a black screen with all my icons in a row at the top, the panel at the bottom had strange icons for the desktops (looked like the cashew instead of plain squares). All very peculiar. So although I have a mostly working system I still cannot get things fixed. I guess I could delete (or rename) all the plasma files in .config and re-boot but that seems extreme. I checked for updates this morning but nothing new.
Just tried a new user again and I still have no panel at the bottom of the screen and no apparent way of adding one in the new user. I have the cashew and can access configure desktop but still broken. As a new user is broken I suspect something is very wrong with plasma. I will wait a few days to see if there are any updates which solve this as I do have a mostly working system. If in a while nothing resolves it with any updates I will consider a re-install as I guess it could be some legacy stuff somewhere in my home directory.
You’re correct ofcourse as it happens to a new user it cannot be anything in my home directory - I’m clutching at straws here. One easy thing to try is the previous kernel no idea if/whether it could be a kernel issue but at least it’s easy to try.
Edit: That made no difference, didn’t think it would but thought I’d try anyway.
Been looking to see if any other issues have arisen. I find there is no add panel option now when I right click on desktop. Note I do have widgets unlocked. According to KDE this should be an option. Still looking for other missing stuff.
Well, I just tried a fresh user account here, and I don’t see the problems you mentioned either.
I do get a panel, there is the “Add Panel” option in the context menu, and “Configure Desktop” works as expected too.
And in particular the missing panel problem definitely would have been noticed by the automatic openQA testing…
So something seems to be very broken on your system.
Maybe try to reinstall some packages, plasma5-workspace, plasma5-desktop, and plasma5-theme-openSUSE in particular (the last one contains the script that creates the default panel on first login)
sudo zypper in -f plasma5-workspace plasma5-desktop plasma5-theme-openSUSE
If that doesn’t help, maybe run “rpm -Va” to see whether files from other packages are corrupted/missing.
And check the version numbers, from the Plasma packages in particular: