How to get KDE restarted after it crashes
Sometimes, quite annoyingly, the KDE panel ("kicker" I believe it's called) locks up although
the various applications seem to keep working. I usually logout by right-clicking
on the desktop and choosing Logout from the menu, figuring that restarting KDE will fix the
problem. But when I try to login again with KDE as the selected environment, it fails
while setting up the 'inter-process communication' with an error questioning whether
the dcopserver is running.
To fix the problem, remove the .DCOPserver_gromit file from the
$HOME directory, kill all kicker-related processes, and then try to run KDE.