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Plasma 5 bug when /opt is replaced by symlink?

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Hi everyone,

I'm not sure if this is a bug or not, which is the reason why I thought that I should ask someone on the forum before filing an official report.

I am running kubuntu 14.04, and installed plasma 5 via the project-neon ppa. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a plasma 5 session to start... all I got was a black screen with a mouse cursor that I could move around.

It turns out that the problem was related to the fact that I had replaced my /opt system folder with a symlink to a folder in my home directory (/home/myusername/.opt). I did this because I find that a lot of software installs itself into this folder (for example, intel compilers), and so I wanted to avoid re-installing the software each time I changed my os.

In any case, when I removed the symlink, created a /opt folder, and installed plasma 5 just like before, everything works fine. I tried this on my laptop and my desktop, and got the same result.

Am I doing anything that I shouldn't? Or is this a bug with plasma 5?

Thank you for any insight/comments!

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