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I have a problem with the KDE Plasma Menu. The favorite applications section has a "kate app" icon, and I removed it from favorites, but when I restart, the icon is still there.

I don't know where the config file for favorites is, or how I can remove that shortcut permanently. KDE menu editor doesn't manage favorite apps, so I don't think that can help me.

UPDATE: after search for "kate" in home directory i got this:

grep -rnw '~' -e 'kate'

./.xsession-errors:2427:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x38021d0 0x382ce90
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" removeFavorite
"org.kde.kate.desktop" -->

./.xsession-errors:2428:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x38021d0 0x382ce90 "org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" removeFavoriteFrom "org.kde.kate.desktop" ":any" -->

./.xsession-errors:2429:Original id is: "org.kde.kate.desktop" , and the url is
QUrl("file:///usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:2430:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x38021d0 0x382ce90
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" addFavoriteTo
"org.kde.kate.desktop" Activity:
(":any")"applications:org.kde.kate.desktop" (actual)

./.xsession-errors:2431:Unlink
"org.kde.plasma.favorites.applications"
QUrl("applications:org.kde.kate.desktop") ":any"

./.xsession-errors:2432:Original id is:
"applications:org.kde.kate.desktop" , and the url is
QUrl("file:///usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:2433:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x38021d0 0x382ce90
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" Removing result
"applications:org.kde.kate.desktop"

./.xsession-errors:2434:Original id is: "applications:org.kde.kate.desktop" , and the url is
QUrl("file:///usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:3454:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x2d508c0 0x2dec620
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" Got
"org.kde.kate.desktop" -->

./.xsession-errors:3455:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x2d508c0 0x2dec620 "org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" Adding result "org.kde.kate.desktop" already present? false

./.xsession-errors:3456:Original id is: "org.kde.kate.desktop" , and the url is
QUrl("file:///usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:3461:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x2d508c0 0x2dec620
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" After ordering:
QVector("applications:systemsettings.desktop",
"applications:rhythmbox.desktop",
"applications:org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:4040:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x3d02e50 0x3d25280
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" Got
"org.kde.kate.desktop" -->

./.xsession-errors:4041:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x3d02e50 0x3d25280 "org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" Adding result "org.kde.kate.desktop" already present? false

./.xsession-errors:4042:Original id is: "org.kde.kate.desktop" , and the url is
QUrl("file:///usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop")

./.xsession-errors:4047:[KASTATSFAVS] 0x3d02e50 0x3d25280
"org.kde.plasma.kicker.favorites.instance-20" After ordering:
QVector("applications:systemsettings.desktop",
"applications:rhythmbox.desktop",
"applications:org.kde.kate.desktop")

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I believe it is in ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc.

  • the favorites apps do not appear here – kerohzenn Oct 30 '17 at 20:57
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Until we got a definitive solution you can try this:

sudo rm /usr/share/applications/org.kde.kate.desktop
  • thanks!.. but that "patch" will delete it from application menu too (not only favorites) or not? – kerohzenn Apr 12 '18 at 20:22
  • Yes, you're right. However, you can continue using the application by typing its name in the launcher and selecting "run kate". This removal will automatically be rolled back until at least the next application update. – Marcos Teixeira Apr 14 '18 at 1:49
  • i delete it from /usr/share/applications/ .. but it reapears after reboots!!! – kerohzenn May 4 '18 at 4:05
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This problem seems to be still there in Plasma 5.12. In my case, it was the libreoffice-startcenter.desktop that kept reappearing in the kicker menu even after I removed that entry from every config file I could find in the user directory. The only solution that seems to work is to nuke the corresponding .desktop file from /usr/share/applications folder.

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Try to clean your

.config/kactivitymanagerd-statsrc

and remove the folder

.local/share/kactivitymanagerd

After that, restart plasma and you'll loose all the favorite's contents. Now you can simply recreate it adding what you want.

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