A: Don't start Konserve! Start a text editor and open the file konserverc which is most likely in ~/.kde/share/config/konserverc (~ means your home directory). There is a paragraph of settings for every backup profile you have created. Now change the option "isActivated=true" to "isActivated=false" for every backup profile you want to disable.
To activate those changes you have to open kdcop (type Alt + F2 and then kdcop), then unfold kded and unfold kbuildsycoca. Then double click on the line ASYNC recreate(). Then it should be save to start Konserve again.
One reason that Konserve started to riot could have been that the time interval between two backups is to short. So please make sure that there is a reasonable amount of time between two backups.
A: Konserve is supposed to run in the background. So unlike many programs Konserve does not have a main window. But on startup a small red can -- the Konserve icon -- shows up in the system tray which in turn is part of the panel. One click on the Konserve icon will open a menu where you can open the Preferences menu to create new backup profiles. But if you are new to Konserve the Wizard might be more interesting to you, since it provides some explaining statements.
A: Konserve is installed in /usr/local/kde/bin by default. On most systems this is not a standard KDE directory. That means Konserve does not show up in the K menu and it cannot find the icons and the help files. Thus Konserve needs to be installed in a directory that is known to the KDE environment.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to build Konserve like that:
% ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix)
Then the normal make and make install sequence must follow. Then Konserve should start up correctly.
The command kde-config --prefix outputs the prefix of your KDE installation. In case you have already built Konserve you can install it by typing the command:
% make prefix=/your/kde/prefix install
There is no need to mention that /your/kde/prefix has to be replaced by the output of kde-config --prefix
Most important: please provide the version number of Konserve you are using.
In case you face configure/compile/install problems please append the following commands to your compile commands: 2>&1 | tee -a konserve.log. So one command might look like:
% make 2>&1 | tee -a konserve.log
Then please attach the file konserve.log to your problem description.
In case you have discovered a bug or Konserve does not work as expected then please provide a description of what went wrong and what you expected. You could also provide the Konserve configuration file which is located in /home/your_login/.kde/share/config/ and is called konserverc.