Projects/KDE on Solaris/OpenSolaris/Status

Parent: KDE on OpenSolaris

When installing one of the latest development builds of KDE4 on OpenSolaris (2009.06), there's a number of changes to do to make the use of the desktop more convenient. Some of the suggested changes are below.

This page also lists some yet unresolved and highly visible problems with no workaround.

Font anti-aliasing

Is disabled in a fresh installation. Execute gnome-appearance-properties and select some better option in Fonts.

nwam-manager is spawned multiple times

Was tracked as 205529. KDE4 session is started with multiple instances of nwam-manager. As a result, systray has multiple nwam-manager icons.

Needs to be looked at, the bug is closed, but the issue is still there.

Akonadi seems misconfigured

After login an akonadi error window is shown. You can get rid of the errors by calling

kwriteconfig --file kres-migratorrc --group Migration --key Enabled --type bool false 

although a patch would be better.

Missing Reboot and Shutdown

Tracked as 186198. A simple workaround is available. This is also tracked in OpenSolaris as 1166.

Broken screen lock

Tracked as 184465. xlock can be used as a workaround. It could also be convenient to undefine the Ctrl+Alt+L shortcut and use System Settings -> Input Actions to redefine this shortcut to xlock.

Colission with SUNWvboxguest

When built and/or executed in a VirtualBox instance, there's a collision with the SUNWvboxguest package (VirtualBox guest additions). While building, this results in following sort of build error in FOSSqt: Undefined first referenced symbol in file XDamageDestroy /usr/lib/ XDamageCreate /usr/lib/ XDamageQueryExtension /usr/lib/ XDamageQueryVersion /usr/lib/ When using succesfully built packages in VirtualBox the KDE session startup fails.

This needs to be resolved in the build system.

System Activity dialog is empty

Tracked as 200646. Pressing the default shortcut Ctrl-Esc or running ksysguard should display a list of running processes. This dialog is empty. This is now fixed in the hg repo.

Dolphin crashes

Dolphin crashes when run both from command line and menu

Several games crash

/opt/kde4/bin/bomber /opt/kde4/bin/bovo /opt/kde4/bin/kblocks /opt/kde4/bin/kbreakout

Some edu apps crash

/opt/kde4/bin/geodatatest /opt/kde4/bin/marble

krunner crashes


akonadi_nepomuk_email_feeder crashes


Konsole gets disconnected from shell

no entry yet

In a konsole tab, you can break the link between the shell / session / tab output and konsole itself, so that nothing gets printed anymore. To reproduce this problem, you need to either hit ^C at an inopportune time (there's plenty of that) or produce an unusual output pattern. Here's a long-winded way of looking at the ^C issue:

  • start konsole
  • start a new tab for convenience
  • check that the shell is working, for instance by running ls
  • tail -f /var/log/messages
  • hit ^C; notice that tail is interrupted and the shell returns
  • ls again, to see the shell still works
  • at the shell prompt itself, hit ^C; you would expect a new shell prompt to be printed, but it is not
  • type "date > /tmp/foo ; exit" and it enter (without the quotes)
  • notice that /tmp/foo now exists with the right time and that the shell / session / tab closes

Here is a way of breaking the link without ^C but by producing a not-very-special output pattern. You need to have the C compiler installed:

  • start konsole
  • start a new tab for convenience
  • cd /tmp/usr/ucb/echo -n "#include <math.h>" > t.ccc t.c
  • notice how the shell prompt does not come back after the warnings printed by the C compiler
  • type exit to close the shell / session / tab

You cannot keep typing indefinitely in a session that is not reading output; it seems like eventually the output from the shell hangs as well. Also, you can hang konsole completely by doing this.

Annoying mouse bug

Korona 4.3.1 is built on top of OpenSolaris build 122, which suffers from There's a patch in the bug comments.

QtCreator requires LD_LIBRARY_PATH to start correctly

To run QtCreator, you have to

$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/foss/lib/qtcreator
$ /opt/foss/bin/qtcreator.bin

Okular cannot open pdf files

Okular cannot open pdf files.Also the 'configure backends' menu option is greyed out.

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