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KDE, very cryptic?

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KDE, very cryptic?

Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:54 pm
yes, I find KDE very cryptic.

this did begin with the registration to this forum

(I did forget to activate it immediately. no recovery function and the answer of the moderator!!! hum!!! really no helping, more a instruction do go away!)

next step, after I did constate it is difficult to register AND enter into the forum, the usage of the man pages; for the big and powerful package calligra:


Calligra - Calligra Document Opener

calligra [Qt-options] [KDE-options] [options] FILES

Calligra is an integrated office suite for KDE. It offers a word processor, a spreadsheet, a pre‐
sentation program, graphics tools, and more.

file File to open

Generic options:

--help Show help about options

Show Qt specific options

Show KDE specific options

Show all options

Show author information

-v, --version
Show version information

Show license information


--apps Lists names of all available Calligra applications

More detailed user documentation is available from help:/calligra (either enter this URL into Kon‐
queror, or run khelpcenter help:/calligra).»

a risible approach to help.

next point is the segmentation of the KDE activities! i am already years registered on the German KDE forum, thinking that this initially real German development would be effective propulsed on the German part. but to the new questions, no answer...

and my question are not tricky but only fondamental!
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Re: KDE, very cryptic?

Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:17 pm
While I won't claim that all KDE documentation is perfect it is way better that what you have found. First of all you do not normally find the real documentation for a GUI application in the man pages. Usually the help file will be installed along with the app (but it could depend on your distro). In that case the simplest approach is to start the app, go to the "Help" menu and select "About app-name"; or you could start the KDE Helpcenter and find the manual in there.

In some cases the manual is lagging behind the app; some apps see furious activity on the development front and an up to date manual may not have been ready by the time your distro finalized its packages. But even then there is hope. Very often you will find some help on and many apps have a very active forum here. If you have any specific questions, just ask.

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