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Old 10-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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KDE borked


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The other day I closed the lid on my laptop to take it with me and it hibernated as normal. I am not sure that I had, or had not, restarted it after some updates. During the coarse of work I stopped by one of my suppliers and fired it up to get some info I needed and it worked fine. I closed the lid and it seamed to hibernate as normal. When I got back to the office and turned it on the boot process did not work as normal (to bad I was not really watching it) and I had to start it again. I think that caused my problem because when it came up I had all kinds of issues.

First kde(4.10) did not come up and I got dropped back to a command line. So I tried to update it but the network was broke and I had to hard wire it to the switch and hack the network settings to get an ip. Then I was able to update the machine. No Joy although the gui did launch but, in the crashed state.

So I installed gdm3 and rebooted and then gnome came up but kde still does not run correctly. When trying to run kde something that I am not able to define/detect is chewing 100% of all 4 cores. Whatever it is does not show up in htop or top. The only way to stop kde is `/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop`

Kde seams to launch ok but the screen comes up black with only a mouse. Opera does run as it was open and restarts by default along with konsole, but konsole being a kde app does not work. I also get a notice about no system tray from the hplip? the hp printer thingy.

When I updated it I tried "Testing" first with no joy, so the I enabled "Unstable" and re-updated, then I was able to get gdm3 to work.

The machine runs Debian Testing (Jessie) and is fully updated to Sid at the moment.

So far I have not found anything in the logs, but I have not had a lot of time to spend looking. And it looks like I wont tonight either :grrr

Any Ideas?

Thanks

I discovered the problem was a failing ssd. It was only 1 to 1 1/2 years old and so should not have craped out. I did lose some files in the process but not many. I don't know if the premature failure was related to running the system encrypted or not. I do know that mechanical drive do not fail that fast.

Last edited by rbees; 10-19-2013 at 10:47 PM. Reason: solved
 
Old 10-11-2013, 04:42 AM   #2
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for a clean retry, remove the .kde* directories in your home dir.
 
Old 10-11-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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Thanks whansard

but no joy
 
Old 10-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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Thanks whansard

but no joy
I had something similar happen some time ago. What I wound up doing was booting to level `3' and moving all of my data, including all the hidden subdirectories, to another filesystem (in my case I had spare disks on the shelf that I used to build a RAID1 device). This mirror would, eventually, get mounted on $HOME/Data. I then wrote a little script that would find all the unhidden directories in $HOME/Data and create symbolic links in my home directory that `point' to the directories under $HOME/Data. (I stashed that script on the mirror.) Then I unmounted the mirror. Then, as root, I renamed my old home directory, created a new one (`/home/myhome'), created `/home/myhome/Data', added a line in /etc/fstab to mount the mirror on /home/myhome/Data, and rebooted back to level `5'. Then I logged in using my everyday account, let KDE recreate everything, then ran my script to generate those symbolic links.

I was never able to figure out what was hosing up my graphical login. I compared files in the newly created hidden directories with the copies I'd made of the possibly-corrupted ones now living under $HOME/Data and was unable to see which ones were different enough that they might have been the cause. Eventually the copies I had under $HOME/Data got deleted as did the old, renamed home directory. If something causes graphical logins to get totally messed up again at least I have a fairly simple fix. It is still quite tedious rebuilding the stuff on the desktop that I like to have on the desktop like menu bar position/size/etc., widget customizations, specialized launchers, and other things. Luckily, it doesn't happen that often.

Good luck. I know how frustrating debugging graphical login problems can be.

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Old 10-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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I suppose I could uninstall all of kde and reinstall. Not that I want to go to all that work. At that point it may be easier to just reinstall the whole system.
 
  


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