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Bug 457132

Summary: kde-base/plasma-workspace-4.10.0 won't save changed wallpapers
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Michael Mair-Keimberger (iamnr3) <mmk>
Component: [OLD] KDEAssignee: Gentoo KDE team <kde>
Severity: normal    
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
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Description Michael Mair-Keimberger (iamnr3) 2013-02-13 17:49:24 UTC
Since kde-4.10 i have a really annoying bug. It's pretty simple - I can't change the wallpaper.
Everytime i'll change, stop kde and start it again i get the same default wallpaper again.

So far the symptoms:
* this problem happens with plasma-workspace-4.10.0 and plasma-workspace-4.10.0-r1 (and latest qt-core-r3 )
* it happen everytime, even with a complete new user.
* changes to the taskbar or anything else in plasma won't get lost, only the wallpaper is set back to default.
* it won't happen with folder-view layout (i'm using default desktop)
* it happen with grouping desktop - even grouping desktop won't get saved, it goes back to default desktop.
* plasma adds everytime i login new default wallpaper settings into .kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletrc, which means this file would get quite bloated after a while. Even make it read-only wont help.

Possible reason for the problem:
I think the problem belongs to my multihead setup, because if i create a new user and login, on all three screens i have the same output (only clones of the main). If i won't change the monitor settings and change the wallpaper it gets saved. Besides that, it seems like not many people have this problem...

I also could find an workaround.
As i already mentioned before, i made plasma-desktop-appletrc read-only. However this alone doesn't help, but if i make plasma-desktoprc read-only too the wallpaper won't set back to default. (after a relogin i also see always changes in this file)
Unfortunately this is a really bad workaround, because right now i can't change anything in plasma. Because of the read-only nothing get saved. Furthermore i always get a message at login that plasma-desktoprc is only read-only. Really annoying.

emerge --info:
Portage (default/linux/amd64/13.0, gcc-4.6.3, glibc-2.16.0, 3.7.6-gentoo x86_64)
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KiB Mem:     8149016 total,   4451484 free
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Timestamp of tree: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:15:01 +0000
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Comment 1 Andreas K. Hüttel archtester gentoo-dev 2013-02-13 23:04:57 UTC
Please submit this problem at and add a link to that bug report here.
Comment 2 Michael Mair-Keimberger (iamnr3) 2013-02-14 06:57:54 UTC
I've made an bug report at, see:
Comment 3 Michael Mair-Keimberger (iamnr3) 2013-03-12 20:30:59 UTC
This bug seems to fixed with the latest version of kde (4.10.1), so i'll gonna close this bug :) (I already closed the upstream bug too)
Comment 4 Julian Pietron 2013-07-23 22:48:45 UTC
For me, this bug is not fixed. I still suffer from this problem with KDE 4.10.4. My setup consists of four heads (using a Radeon Eyefinity capable card). Until KDE 4.10, each screen kept its assigned wallpaper, since KDE 4.10 I got the stock wallpaper (some blue/violet curvy figures) on all screens. I can change them for each screen, but the change will only last for the current session and be lost afterwards.
Comment 5 Michael Palimaka (kensington) gentoo-dev 2013-07-24 10:40:37 UTC
(In reply to Julian Pietron from comment #4)
> For me, this bug is not fixed.

Could you please comment on the upstream bug with the information you wrote here?
Comment 6 Michael Mair-Keimberger (iamnr3) 2013-08-17 14:18:30 UTC
I've updated to kde-4.11 today and this problem appeared again. It's the exact same behavior than with kde-4.10. Only the "default" wallpaper changed to an simple black background. However the workaround still works.
I've already reopen the upstream bug..
Comment 7 Johannes Huber (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2014-07-24 16:04:24 UTC
Tested in 4.13.3, Plasma 5.0. Works in both version. If you are running current stable 4.12.5 and it is not working there you are maybe interested in bug #517344.