#55 Can't Restore Default Window Configuration


Seemingly similar to the issue listed here: http://sourceforge.net/p/spimsimulator/bugs/13/

On my mac (mavericks), I undocked the reg windows, and now no matter what I try, if I redock them they all mix into one window. The reg tabs are no longer seperate from the text/data tabs.
I'm just trying to get it back to the default window layout.
I tried removing the plist file from the Library directory, with no noticable effect.


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  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2014-02-23

    Can't reproduce.

    Three things to try:

    1. Close all of the register/text/data segment windows.
    2. Re-open them by checking all four windows in the Windows drop-down menu
    3. If the windows aren't nested properly, then double click on their title bars.

    If this doesn't work, then please send me the exact sequence of actions that led to this state of affairs.

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2014-02-23
    • status: open --> closed
  • Anonymous - 2014-02-26

    I am not sure why you can't reproduce. Almost anything I try does not nest them properly. In fact I've tried every permutation of double clicking title bars, and menu clicking, and un-nesting re-nesting I could come up with. None of them work correctly to return to the very first format.

    I've even tried removing the qtspim app and reinstalling, and even then it loads right back up with the combined tabs.

    Could you tell me how to completely uninstall to start back at ground zero from mavricks and I will gladly give you step by step.

    From what I recall, I simply clicked the undock button on the regs and then tried to re-dock and it combined the tabs, and it's never done anything else....

    if I could somehow uninstall all settings and get it back to the default I could give you a more precise sequence. I can't even do that, because when I simply put the app in the trash and reinstall, it keeps the screwy settings. At which point it appears any sequence of events is already broken.

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2014-02-26
  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2014-02-26

    Try deleting all of QtSpim state by removing the directories:

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.larus-stone.QtSpim.plist and ~/Library/Preferences/com.larus.qtpim.plist

  • Anonymous - 2014-02-26

    Indeed, I've tried that as well. I've even gone a step further:

    when I run:

    find / -name *qtspim*

    the following files are referenced:
    /Library/Application Support/QtSpim/help/qtspim.qch
    /Library/Application Support/QtSpim/help/qtspim.qch
    ~/Library/Application Support/larusstone/qtspim
    ~/Library/Application Support/larusstone/qtspim/.qtspim
    ~/Library/Application Support/larusstone/qtspim/qtspim.qhc
    ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.larus.qtspim.savedState

    I've deleted them all, and tried reinstalling...and after all that it still installs and loads up with the combined tabs.

    I've also uploaded a video to illustrate the issue:


    I'm happy to try any other suggestions you may have, and reply with the results.


  • Anonymous - 2014-10-10

    fwiw I'm having the same problem, removing all those files and reinstalling isn't helping either.

  • Anonymous - 2014-10-24

    I am also having this problem and have retiling the windows and such but nothing has worked.

  • Anonymous - 2014-11-10


    delete WindowState

  • Anonymous - 2015-03-12

    I'm having issues as well. I'm using Linux mint with the most recent QTSpim build - I can't get those darn tabs to reset themselves.

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2015-03-12

    OK, I'll implement a function to restore all windows to their default states in the next release. I still can't reproduce this, but it clearly is a problem.

  • Anonymous - 2015-03-13

    In case it helps, it seems you stuck the FP/integer registers in some sort of split container - but once they are removed to titlebar mode, it becomes impossible to resplit the container. If one remains to keep it split, restoration is no issue, but otherwise the user loses access to that left half.

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2015-03-13

    I don't have this problem. I can pull either register pane out of the container and then drag it back into the container without any problem, on any of the various OS. I'm not sure what problem everyone else is having, but the next version has a command to restore the windows to their original configuration.

  • Anonymous - 2015-03-30

    Confirm the same issue on linux version.

    Could you please suggest some workarounds before the next release?
    For example, where should I find the windowState preference and delete or reset it?

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2015-03-30

    Same thing as above:

    Go to your home directory and type

    & find . -name "larusstone"

    Delete the directory that this command finds.

  • Anonymous - 2015-03-30

    Sorry, it doesn't work. I've also searched through the / and no directory named "larusstone" left now. Re-install after deleting directory doesn't help either.

    My system is Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64 bit with QT4 and QT5 installed. QtSpim version is qtspim_9.1.12_linux64.deb.

  • Anonymous - 2015-03-30

    OK, I've found the place. It's ~/.config/Larus-Stone.

  • Anonymous - 2015-04-08

    I can't understand your last suggestion. How can I put find -name "larusstone". I've just delete one larusstone file in Application Support but I can't see split windows.

    Please help me.

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    Anonymous - 2016-01-21

    any updates here? same issues. and followed all above sugguestion, did not work

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2016-01-21

    OK, here is what to do if you want to delete ALL of QtSpim's stored window configuration information:

    On Linux:
    rm ~/.config/Larus-Stone/*

    On Mac:
    rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.larus-stone.*

    On Windows:
    Use the registry editor to edit the registry and delete the entry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Larus-Stone\QtSpim

    Afterwards, QtSpim should open with the original configuration of the windows.

    If anyone can find a reproducable way to put QtSpim into the state where the windows cannot be redocked or restored, please let me know. I cannot reproduce the problem.

    Last edit: James Larus 2016-03-26
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    Anonymous - 2016-02-23

    That worked on windows.

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    Anonymous - 2016-03-04

    same here, it worked!! thank you

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    Anonymous - 2016-03-15

    It's not working on my Mac. After deleting the files listed and reopening QTSpim, nothing changed. The tabs remained unsplit and not like how the tabs were when you first opened it.

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    Anonymous - 2016-03-26

    Hi same problem cant find anything with larusstone

  • James Larus

    James Larus - 2016-03-26

    Try rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.larus-stone.*

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