How to restart plasma panel?

I have high load and the Plasma panel doesnt react anymore.

How can I reload just the panel?

This is also related to the proposed change to systemd services instead of whatever is currently done (kstart, xdg, …)

Fedora Kinoite (KDE Atomic) 40, Plasma6

So kill plasmashell from krunner (kickoff didnt work, but krunner did) worked. And through some mechanism plasma automatically restarted too.

It works, but how does it work and is this the best way?

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The way I do it is plasmashell --replace

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I will try that, this launches another instance and kills the old one in some better way right?

I don’t think you can reload only the panel, but reloading plasmashell should be painless. There are a few ways:

  • systemctl restart --user plasma-plasmashell
  • plasmashell --replace
  • kquitapp6 plasmashell (&& plasmashell if it doesn’t restart automatically)
  • killall plasmashell (&& plasmashell if it doesn’t restart automatically)

I prefer using the systemctl method since it deals directly with the service.