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However, I wouldn't say DCOP doesn't have to be running unless you are running a server (in the sense of http server or something) but rather if you are running X with KDE programs. I am under the impression (and I think that link backs it up a bit) that KDE uses the DCOP server to speak to other KDE programs, so it's kind of rough to run a KDE program without running DCOP...
In other words, probably something you don't need to worry about young jedi
just for the record, I'm having the same problem if I try to log into linux using kdm (kde display manager). If I try using xdm it works without that error message, even though I still load and use KDE...
Seems like nobody got the answer to this, so I'll add my $0.02. I had the same problem and I solved it by deleting the user account I created during the installation with userdel -r <user> and recreating it with useradd -m <user>. Apparently, it was not created properly during the install and was using / as the default directory. That's why dcop gave permission errors when trying to store config settings.