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

For kicker issues, open konsole and run

mv /home/*username*/.kde4 .kde4old

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

…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?

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, Photobucket, Imageloop, ImageBam etc etc, getting image codes and posting them here.

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.](

#2 & 3, notice how the menu icon at bottom left is larger than in the first image.](](

…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.

“thanks in advance for everyone’s help…and i will keep bumping this until someone helps or until work it out alone!”

peace, people…

…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.

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 and the whole desktop becoming a mess.

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

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


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…

sorry. forgot the new screenshot:](

…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.

ooo, yeah…

i forgot…

although i’ve removed the pager, when i reboot the system, there will be 4 or 5 tiny little pagers!!
from 0 pagers on shutdown
to 4-5 tini tiny pagers on the very next boot!!!

…besides that, and the other issue, i like the improvements of KDE 4.2…