I'm running KDE 4.11 on CentOS 7.5.1804 (Core), with konsole package 'konsole-4.10.5-4.el7.x86_64'.

Within the konsole application I created a profile named 'pi@eecspi', and from within a running konsole window I can create a new konsole tab that's based on that profile:

konsole window > File menu > New Tab > pi@eecspi

However, when I invoke any of these command lines

konsole --profile pi@eecspi
konsole --profile 'pi@eecspi'
konsole --profile "pi@eecspi"
konsole --profile=pi@eecspi
konsole --profile='pi@eecspi'
konsole --profile="pi@eecspi"

from a command prompt (e.g., Bash shell or ALT+F2), the resulting konsole window opens with the default profile and not the pi@eecspi profile.

If I change the profile name from 'pi@eecspi' to 'eecspi', then the command lines shown above all work as intended (after changing 'pi@eecspi' to 'eecspi', of course):

konsole --profile eecspi

This opens a konsole window with the profile 'eecspi'.

For what it's worth, I'm 99% sure I've used konsole profile names similar to 'pi@eecspi' on other KDE systems and had no problem invoking a konsole with that profile from a command line.

I've done some troubleshooting, but haven't been able to figure out why this is happening. Any ideas what I might try to troubleshoot this?

1 Answer 1


I never did figure out what was causing this. I managed to solve this only by the brute force approach of creating a new $HOME directory for the affected user, and then logging as as that user and manually reconfiguring the environment:

  • Logged off the affected user account (e.g., username)
  • Logged on as root
  • Renamed the affected user's $HOME directory (e.g., /home/username -> /home/username.old)
  • Created a new $HOME directory for the affected user


[root]# cd /home
[root]# cp -a /etc/skel /home/username
[root]# chown -R username /home/username
[root]# chgrp -R username /home/username
  • Logged off as root
  • Logged back on to the affected user account (username)
  • Manually recovered and reconfigured everything in username's environment
  • It would be nice if the KDE folks would read this. There are simple things I want to do, such as running a ruby script in one tab of kde konsole on startup, but the syntax is so abysmal; and the examples I found did not work. People in KDE need to learn that simplicity is a good thing.
    – shevy
    Feb 12, 2019 at 19:04

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