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Re: [trinity-users] Desktop Icons + Lock button = what to restart?

From: Gerhard Zintel <gerhard.zintel@...>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:06:22 +0200
On Tuesday 07 October 2014, Slávek Banko wrote:
> On Tuesday 07 of October 2014 11:34:25 Ilya Dogolazky wrote:
> > Hi !
> >
> > I'm running trinity desktop on Debian Testing linux.
> > Sometimes all the icons from desktop disappear and (at the same time!)
> > the desktop lock button (blue lock symbol in the kicker panel) stops
> > to work.
> >
> > What service/program to I have to restart in order to fix it without
> > logging out and in again?
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Ilya Dogolazky
> >
> 
> Disappearing icons from the desktop shows to crash KDesktop. Starting kdesktop 
> should correct the problem.
> 
> At this situation please take a look into ~/.xsession-error, if there is 
> listed a backtrace about KDesktop crash? It could help to detect and fix the 
> problem.
> 

Update:
Today I faced the problem again. Unfortunately I did not look into the .xsession-errors file before I started to relaunch kdesktop. Nevertheless it did not crash. First action: I started kdesktop from Konsole. It told me that kdesktop is already running but didn't come back to the prompt. Icons were not recreated. I had to Ctrl-C for the promt. "ps ax" showed me an old version of kdesktop and a second new one with <defunct> message. Killing the defunct one was not possible. I killed the original kdesktop program (Desktop went black) and relaunched it and - voila - the icons reapeared on the desktop. Also the defunct process of kdesktop was gone.

I do not find anything special in the xsession errors file. I try to investigate more accurate next time.

Gerhard