Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 66201
KDE applications like konqueror and konsole crash with this error report: "Unable to start dr. konqi".
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:02 EDT
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Description of problem:
Upon attempting to start up konqueror or konsole, either on a shell or by
hitting the appropriate button, the application picked would start and, within
half a second or so, crash out. On a shell, the error would always be "Unable to
start dr. konqi."
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use the Control Center to update the locale and char set. Or use an editor to
edit ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals and edit the [Locale] block. A default
installation does not have this block, btw, so it's easier to have Control
Center do this for you.
2. Pick the 8859-8 character set.
3. Restart KDE.
Actual Results: You can't start konsole or konqueror (and probably any other
application that starts up through kdeinit. When you try to start them up from
the shell, the error message above will appear (Unable to start dr. konqi).
Expected Results: The application should start properly.
Through trial and error, I found that the problem was simply the use of the
8859-8 character set. If I modify it to iso8859-1 or iso10646-1, it works fine.
The funny thing is I don't remember EVER picking 8859-8 (for Hebrew characters).
The only thing I can think of is that I may have picked that character set by
mistake, although I doubt it as I have never had a reason to fiddle around with
the character set in the first place. Less likely possibilities (I'm reaching):
perhaps the Control Center picks a random character set if you don't supply one;
some other application modified the character set setting on 'kdeglobals',
perhaps while I was configuring it -- maybe korganizer, when I modified the
short date format? netscape or emacs, upon attempting to deal with input (email
or document) that had non-standard characters; a leprechaun did it? :-)
I have no idea what caused this... Maybe Microsoft cracked your machine and
did it to show that Linux applications can crash. ;)
In any case, this is fixed in 7.3 and later. KDE 3.0 doesn't use a charset
setting anymore (it builds a fake unicode charset from all available charsets,
making it possible to display e.g. English, Chinese and Hebrew all in the same
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