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Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

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Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:12 pm
I recently encountered akonadi-related problems with KMail, which I have solved following discussion on the Kontact & PIM Forum. At the same time I lost my stored alarms in KAlarm (Version 2.9.4-ak), and couldn't re-set them, since most of the drop-down menu items were greyed out. The KMail solution involved reinstating the missing local-mail Agent in Akonadi, but I still can't set any alarms in KAlarm and I wonder if anyone has any ideas on this? I run a fully updated PCLInuxOS system on a desktop PC with an AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor and 4 GByte RAM. KMail and KAlarm are the only PIM components I use.

If I start KAlarm via Konsole I get the following error message:

[peter_h@localhost ~]$ kalarm
QDBusConnection: session D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may misbehave.
QDBusConnection: session D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may misbehave.
[peter_h@localhost ~]$

and the KAlarm window opens, but with no alarms set, and the greyed-out menus still in evidence.
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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm  Topic is solved

Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:31 pm
The menu items being greyed out will almost certainly be due to there being no enabled, writable, active KAlarm calendars. Check which (if any) calendars are enabled in KAlarm by View -> Show Calendars. Select Active Alarms, and ensure that at least one writable calendar has a check mark to denote enabled. Writable calendars are shown in black print, while read-only calendars are shown grey.

If you don't see any calendars listed, you can add an existing calendar file (or create a new calendar file) by clicking the Add button under the Calendars list. The default active alarms calendar file is ~/.kde/share/apps/kalarm/calendar.ics (or similar path, depending on your distro).


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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:11 pm
Thanks for the advice. The Active Alarms checkbox had become un-ticked for some reason, and re-ticking it brought back the missing alarms.
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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:28 pm
I'm glad it's working again. In view of your difficulty in realising what was wrong (and if the calendar view wasn't enabled, I can't blame anybody for not realising), I'll add a warning when KAlarm starts up without a writable active calendar, to tell the user what is wrong - see KDE Bug 316338.


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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:21 am
Thank you, i had the same problem me too


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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:32 pm
Dear Djarvie,

Here is a first time user of Kalaram. (A bit frustrated). From fresh install of Kalarm in yast (opensue12.3) I coud not intuitively create a new alarm. Everything was grayed.
I gave up. Then after a few days, I got back to it and found this thread. I though I had the answer when I read your comment (quoted below).

However when I follow your instruction (View, show Calendar, Add .... navigate in .kde/..... until I select something called calendar.ics then nothing appear in the Calendar window. And everything is grayed. I might probably miss something obvious.

WOuld you be kind enough to help me ?

thanks a lot






If you don't see any calendars listed, you can add an existing calendar file (or create a new calendar file) by clicking the Add button under the Calendars list. The default active alarms calendar file is ~/.kde/share/apps/kalarm/calendar.ics (or similar path, depending on your distro).[/quote]
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Re: Cannot set alarms in KAlarm

Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:44 pm
Normally when you start KAlarm for the first time, its calendars should be created and enabled automatically. For some reason that doesn't seem to have happened in your case.

What version of KAlarm are you running (use Help -> About)?

Did any error messages appear when you started KAlarm (either the first time, or on subsequent attempts)? If so, what were they, and did you follow any instructions which they contained?

When you do View -> Calendars, what do you see in the Calendars pane? I assume that a calendar is shown there - is it checked? If not, it needs to be checked to enable it. Otherwise, right click on the calendar and select Show Details. Please copy the details into your reply here.


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