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In this file: * About kdebase * Thank you * Common Mistakes * Configuring * Debugging * Upgrading * Removal/Uninstallation * More Info About kdebase ------------- kdebase is the second mandatory package (besides kdelibs) for the K Desktop Environment. Here we have various applications and infrastructure files and libraries. Here is an overview of the directories: * applnk Files to create the icons for the K menu button * debian Needed to create a Debian package. * doc XML formatted documentation files for the apps * drkonqi If ever an app crashes (heaven forbid!) then Dr.Konqi will be so kind and make a stack trace. This is a great help for the developers to fix the bug. * kappfinder Searches for non-KDE applications, e.g. Acrobat Reader (tm) and installs those apps under the K start button. * kate A fast and advanced text editor, extensible with nice plugins. * kcheckpass Small program to enter and check passwords, to be used by other programs. * kcontrol The KDE Control Center allows you to tweak the KDE settings. * kdcop GUI app to browse for DCOP interfaces, can also execute them. * kdebugdialog Allows you to specify which debug messages you want to see. * kdeprint The KDE printing system. * kdesktop You guessed it: the desktop above the panel. * kdesu A graphical front end to "su". * kdialog Allows to display menu boxes from shell scripts. * kdm Replacement for XDM, for those people that like graphical logins. * kfind File find utility (standalone and in Konqueror's file manager). * khelpcenter Used to to read all great documentation about KDE, unix man pages, info pages etc. * khotkeys Intercepts keys and can call applications. * kicker The panel at the botton with the K start button and the taskbar etc. * kioslave Infrastructure that helps make every application internet enabled e.g. to directly save a file to ftp://place.org/dir/file.txt * klipper Taskbar applet that enhances and extenses the X clipboard. * kmenuedit Edit for the menu below the K start button. * konqueror The file manager and web browser you get easily used to. * konsole A shell program similar to xterm. * kpager Applet to show the contents of the virtual desktops. * kpersonalizer The customization wizard you get when you first start KDE. * kreadconfig A tool for shell scripts to get info from KDE's config files. * krichtexteditor A embeddable rich text editor and a wrapper application for it. * kscreensaver The KDE screensaver environment and some basic screensavers. More of them are in the kdeartwork package. * ksmserver The KDE session manager (saves program status on login, restarts those program at the next login). * kdepasswd A KDE frontend for passwd. Also contains the "Password & User Information" KCM. * ksplashml The screen displayed while KDE starts. * kstart Launches applications with special window properties such as iconified, etc. * ksysguard Task manager and system monitor, can work with remote systems. * ksystraycmd Allows to run any application in the system tray. * ktip Gives you tips how to use KDE. * kwin The KDE window manager (moves, resizes and decorates windows). * kxkb A keyboard map tool. * l10n l-10letters-n: localization. Mostly country flags. * libkonq Some libraries needed by Konqueror. * nsplugins Together with OSF/Motif or Lesstif allows you to use Netscape (tm) plugins in Konqueror. * pics Various icons and wallpapers. Thanks! ------- Thank you Steven M. Scotten and Kuno Raffi (weave) for creating artwork specifically for the K Desktop Environment. Your efforts are much appreciated. Mr. Scotten has created: blue_angle_swirl, bluecheck, bluegreencrisscross, bluegreensilver, candystripe_chainlink, charcoal_sunset, fadedpaint, garden_lattice, ghost_lightning, glassywarpcheck, gold_crinkle, greenish, heavens_hex, latte, lime_vibration, liquid_canvas, northbeach, orange_stacks, purple_swirl, string_theory, sunday_brunch, toothofthehoundthatbitcha, vegetative_fog, wavetron, woodcheck Common Mistakes --------------- IMPORTANT: most applications need KDEDIR as the directory where KDE is installed. Please set this in your login file. If XPM support wasn't configured, it may be that configure has no idea where your XPM libraries are. If so, set XPM_INCLUDE and XPM_LDFLAGS to the paths where configure should look for XPM. But if you haven't installed XPM or it didn't come with your system, that's no problem. You will only miss a few screensavers. The same thing applies with OPENGL support. Here you have to set GL_INCLUDE and GL_LDFLAGS. If configure claims Qt cannot be found, have a look at ftp://ftp.trolltech.com and download the latest Qt 3.3.x release. Be advised, if you're using FreeBSD, then please do not use the Qt port that comes along with it. Configuring ----------- kdebase's configure script supports all the standard GNU autoconf options (you can have the various options listed for you by specifying the --help switch), plus the following options are also supported. Note: the *non* default variation is listed, so if you see --enable-debug, the default is --disable debug. `--x-includes=DIR' use X include files in DIR `--x-libraries=DIR' use X library files in DIR `--enable-debug' creates debugging code [default=no] `--enable-strict' Add strict[er] compiler options (may not work!) to the CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS. This is GNU CC specific for the time being. `--with-gnu-ld' assume the C compiler uses GNU ld [default=no] `--disable-libtool-lock' force libtool not to do file locking `--disable-nls' do not use Native Language Support (i18n) `--with-qt-dir' where the root of qt is installed `--with-qt-includes=DIR' look for the Qt header files in DIR `--with-qt-libraries=DIR' look for the Qt library in DIR `--with-extra-includes=DIR' look for include files in DIR in addition to any other `standard' paths `--with-extra-libs=DIR' look for [extra] libraries in DIR too `--disable-path-check' don't try to make sure that kdebase is installed into the same base KDE directory as the rest of KDE `--with-install-root=DIR' the root to install to [default=/] (i.e. make / == DIR, so /usr becomes DIR/usr) `--disable-rpath' do not use the rpath feature of ld `--with-xdmdir=DIR' use xdm (and config files) from DIR if the xdm config dir can't be found automaticly `--with-pam[=ARG]' enable support for PAM: ARG=[yes|no|service name] `--with-shadow' if you want to check for and use shadow password support if it's present `--without-gl' disable any software which depends on OpenGL `--without-xpm' disable color pixmap XPM tests `--with-xinerama' enable Xinerama support Please check ./configure --help for a more current list of options and what they do. Debugging --------- You can use --enable-debug with the configure script, if you want to have debug code in your KDE apps and libs. If you experience problems and want to report problems to the KDE Bugs database, it is recommended to recompile with this switch enabled to make the backtraces more verbose (and thus giving the developer more information about the cause of the bug). Removal/Uninstallation ---------------------- You can use 'make uninstall' if you want to remove the kde from the dirs. This feature has not been tested completely, and is depreciated. On a system where KDEDIR is specific to KDE (i.e. not /usr), rm -rf $KDEDIR does it as well. More Info --------- If your system does not have XPM installed, and you cannot locate a package of it, you may obtain it from ftp://avahi.inria.fr/pub/xpm, or you may find it in ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/distfiles If you are running a FreeBSD system, you will need to make sure that LIBS is set to "-Wl,-export-dynamic". The easiest way to do this is to prefix configure with it, i.e.: LIBS="-Wl,-export-dynamic" ./configure. Thanks to Will Andrews <will@FreeBSD.org> and Arun Sharma <email@example.com> for identifying what needed to be done, and how to do it, and such. If your system supports PAM (Plugable Authentication Modules), please see the README.pam file in this directory for more information about using KDE with PAM. Have a look at the individual subdirectories, if you would like to find out more about a specific application included in kdebase. More FAQs on http://www.kde.org/info/faq.html If you have problems compiling and installing this package, please check the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list archive (see http://lists.kde.org) to see if somebody had a similiar problem already. If not, try posting a message to the list with detailed information about the compile problem. General KDE discussions should go to the KDE mailing list (email@example.com).