Created attachment 338028 [details]
kde modules missing pulseaudio
I just realised that pulseaudio broke sound in some video files using gstreamer. So I wanted to get rid of it. After selectively taking away pulseaudio USE-Flag from kde-apps and recompiling (+ uninstalling pulse) kde would not start, complaining about libpulse being not present. I looked into the packages (kded_powerdevil + kded_keyboard could not be loaded) and systemsettings + powerdevil did not depend on pulseaudio. I also can't see where they should need pulse - it should be abstracted away through phonon.
So doing a grep only on the modules in /usr/lib64/kde4 gave me a horrific list...
Is that really by intention? Or is there a (buggy) list with dependending libs? Or do those packages simply lack pulse-USE-Flag?
Since a number of packages from your list which have broken links do not appear to reference pulseaudio in any way, I am guessing that one or more root packages (phonon?) are introducing bogus links to dependant packages.
Unfortunately I am using a forced --as-needed configuration which is likely breaking unused links so I can't really help troubleshoot.
I doubt that the attached list is valid. Known bug about kde related pulseaudio ebuild issue is #433627.
If you find other packages please open for each package a seperate bug.