kdeinit5 - Man Page

Launcher for applications built with kdeinit support, and for KIO slaves.


kdeinit5 [--help] [[--no-fork] | [--no-kded] | [--suicide]] [[+programs] | [programs]]


kdeinit5 is a process launcher somewhat similar to the famous init used for booting UNIX. It executes KDE programs and kdeinit loadable modules (KLMs) starting them more efficiently.

Using kdeinit5 to launch KDE applications makes starting a typical KDE application a couple times faster and reduces memory consumption by a substantial amount.

kdeinit5 is linked against all libraries a standard KDE application needs. With this technique, starting an application becomes much faster because now only the application itself needs to be linked whereas otherwise both the application as well as all the libraries it uses need to be linked.


The process name of applications started via kdeinit5 is "kdeinit5". This problem can be corrected to a degree by changing the application name as shown by ps. However, applications like killall will only see kdeinit5 as the process name. To workaround this, use kdekillall (from kdesdk/scripts) for applications started via kdeinit5.



Show help about options


Do not fork, i.e. do not exit until all the executed programs ends


Do not start kded


Terminate when no KDE applications are left running


runs the programs handling requests


runs the programs without handling requests


A standard way to run this program is by simply specifying the following command at the prompt kdeinit5 program or kdeinit5 +program




Environment Variables


Specifies the home directory of the current user


Specifies if the home directory of the current user is read only


If set, tells kdeinit5 that the KDE programs are pre-linked.

(Prelinking is a process that allows you to speed up the process of dynamic linking.)


If set, tells kdeinit5 that it is running on a KDE desktop.

See Also

kded5, kdekillall


Please use KDE's bugtracker[1] to report bugs.


Waldo Bastian <bastian@kde.org>


Mario Weilguni <mweilguni@sime.com>


Lubos Lunak <l.lunak@kde.org>




KDE's bugtracker

Referenced By

kbuildsycoca5(8), kbuildsycoca6(8), kded5(8).

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