panel moves

ok i give up, how does one move the icons in the kde4 panel and make them stay where i want them. right now the clock is gone, and all the icons are lined up to the left side of the panel. i move the icon and it jumps back to where it was. i have used kde3 and am now looking at gnome. while i have not been a gnome user i am currently using it, i don’t have to ask questions about what should be intuitive. it seems the kde4 learning curve is steeper due to esoteric functions.

If you need it to work. Update to 4.2.1 by adding the factory repos

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.1

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Extra-Apps/openSUSE_11.1

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Community/openSUSE_11.1_KDE4_Factory_Desktop

then do update all unconditionally in each
you may still need to start with a new .kde4 folder

i already updated this machine [11.0] to kde4.2. so you are saying in order to make a function like the panel work you need to open a terminal. ok, so be it, what do i type to make the appropriate file. sounds like it’s time to open a new notebook, to write down all the stuff to make kde4 work. the older i get the shorter the memory!

You probably have some garbage in the plasma config files. To remove them and start with a fresh new desktop, that will listen to you, do this:

  • logout to login screen
  • Hit Ctrl-Alt-F1 simultaniously, you’ll see the console’s login
  • Log in as root, with root password
  • type: rm /home/YOURUSERNAME/.kde4/share/config/plasma* where YOURUSERNAME is the username you login with.
  • type: exit (to return to login)
  • Hit Ctrl-Alt-F7 to return to graphic login screen
  • Log in, and you have a fresh new desktop, with no hiddeous remains in the plasma files.

rm/home/br/.kde/share/config/plasma, gets the no such file or directory treatment.

should be .kde4


( the * is needed too )

And space required between ‘rm’ and ‘/path/to/file’

rm: cannot remove `/home/br/.kde4/share/config/plasma’ ; no such file or directory

OK. Do this:

mv /home/br/.kde4 .kde4_old

This will rename your .kde4 folder to .kde4_old
When you login it will be a totally new session, all your old settings are in .kde4_old

You can import back some settings, but I would leave out as much as you can.

(sorry about the typo earlier)

mv /home/br/.kde4 .kde4_old

mv cannot stst `/home/br/.kde4 .kde4_old’ no such file or directory

i used the one step method to install kde4.2, i made a note that nscd-2.8-14.4.i586.rpm did not load. as i recall i could not find it in the software manager. perhaps i should try the repos above for 11.0 and reload? if i use the repo manager it should be the 1st line is
index of
2nd line
i ask because i tried one and it refused to load.

The only thing you need to do is right click on the KDE panel and act as if you are going to add a widget. The extra bar above the panel will open.
From here on, move your cursor on top of the icon you wish to move. The cursor will change into an axe with four arrows. Now move you icon to the place you want it to be and clock the close button on the Add widget bar to exit edit mode.

that is what i have been doing to move an icon. i can grab the icon with the arrows and move it. the problem is when i release it the icon jumps back to the starting point. it seems to work ok on my 11.1 machine which i also did the one step kde4.2 update on. it is hard to understand why this feature is better than the simple method employed with kde3, more moves [more work] is better?