Starting a few weeks ago my KDE Plasma desktop started to crash seemingly at random. It starts with a message that .conf/drkonqirc can not be written to, then .conf/plasmashellrc, kreadconfig5rc, and finally kio_desktoprc, then open applications become unstable, the panels go fully transparent, and finally everything turns black. Ctrl-Alt-Delete, pops up another message: that .conf/ksmserver-logout-greeterrc can not be launched, and the only way out (that I know of) is to turn off the computer manually and restart. Sometimes that works, often not, and a few more reboots are needed, sometimes with a “Start job” first, and sometimes two or more reboots are needed to get back to normal. That of course doesn’t last, and it crashes sooner or later again.
Here are some of the possible solutions I have found, and investigated:
Nuke the unwritable files and restart, or restart Plasmashell Ctrl-Alt-P; Those do seem to give me an extra hour or so, but the problem returns, and really, those are not actual solutions as they don’t address the cause.
Baloo is hogging a bunch of resources, and nuking it will fix it; Tried it, don’t help.
An Nvidea graphics card issue; Everything worked fine for months, and I don’t have an Nvidea card. On a Fedora bug report, as you read down the posts, the list of cards just gets longer and longer, so one can assume, that all cards are bad, or it’s not the real problem.
“It’s wayland try X11”; I am using X11, not wayland.
Of course there are many other possible culprits and fixes going back to when Plasma was first released, and many are marked “Solved”, but mention libs, binaries, packages, files… that are in order, or culprits I don’t have, and fixes already resolved by updates.
Now that I have the power to upload files, here are the logs:
If anyone who knows how to decipher them and can help :nerd: I would gladly appreciate it :hugging: , but I have also read that in some cases even those may not contain any clues either .
Here are some possible clues : My other user account does not seem to be effected (no customization’s), but i don’t use it hardly at all, and when I do, not for much. The affected account does have some customization’s, but only few, and none known to be problematic as I have read so far. Evolution is always running (autostart), but it never happens when I am using it. So far it has happened many times when using Firefox, Dolphin, and/or LibreOffice.