I know that kpsewhich comes from an extend version of kpathsea so this deals with kpse in kpsewhich.

But is the k comes from KDE or not ?

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    BTW, kpathsea is older than KDE ... – Joseph Wright Nov 10 '17 at 12:10
  • @JosephWright I wondered if that was the case. When did kpathsea appear? – Torbjørn T. Nov 10 '17 at 12:21
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    @TorbjørnT. texdoc kpathsea has a day-by-day account of the early history:-) – David Carlisle Nov 10 '17 at 13:44

It does not, the k comes from Karl Berry. kpathsea stands for "Karl's path searching" according to http://tug.org/interviews/berry.html

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