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Originally posted by MasterC Hi (FYI Texicle it depends on how the run levels are defined, however kdm will probably start at the start of X, during the run level switch during boot up)
Thanks MasterC. I wasn't entirely sure how it would be invoked. It didn't make sense to me that it would be at start up, but rather at start up of X. I guess it didn't dawn on me that at start up, X would be invoked, and then the kdm would be called up. So, since it's started at X startup, would it be wise to check into the X startup files (xinitrc et. al.)? Perhaps there is something there that can be edited to select gdm instead of kdm? I'm just grasping here.
hey, an update, I was able to get my computer booting into linux again... figured out how to use gdm, and gnome. Somewhere I found a file named smething like prefdm, I ran a search on linuxquestions for 'kdm gdm' and found a howto to do this.
However, if you can't figure out how to do this here's how you (at least I could) can get gnome started up. when you get to that elongated login gui thingy do ctrl-alt-f1 (or f2,f3,f4,etc...) to bring up shell login. Um... login here, duh... =p When logged in I found the processes for anythign related to X or kdm and killed them (using ps -A) then you can start up gdm with the 'gdm' command (I think) and you should be able to get into gnome that way.
Since I've got nothing to lose but my kernels which I've backed up, I'd like to try to "mimick" your situation(s). It's easier to help that way. So any details on exactly what you did to get your elongated menu would be helpful. I only seem to see updating gnome, if that's it, let me know, I'll fire up Mandy and give it a go. What command(s) did you use?
i did urpmi gnome -a which is the correct command i think..but it asks for CD 1 and CD 3 which i don't have!!!!! and i do have gnome 2.2 now except i think i missed few packages because when gnome loads up all i get is nothing..just a panel on the bottom...damn it anyway to do this without the cd?? know of any media i can add to urpmi that have all the packages from the cds?? I left the cds back home!!! on the other end of canada!! DAMN IT
Right now I'm installing k3b updates, as soon as I'm done, I'll fire up and update for gnome:
urpmi -gnome -a
It is then.
As for the packages, any mirror should have all the files, www.mandrake.com and go to the download section. Or fire up www.google.com/linux and type in Mandrake Mirror and choose one close to you. This does assume you don't have PP or similar and are using a download version.
oh, hey, thanks for all the replies again, hadn't gotten to check back here... anyways what I did was this:
in my newbieness I did not know what urpmi was, so I fired up rpmdrake and checked something like gnome-desktop or gnome2.0-desktop or something of the like. and installed that, and that only... at that point, I restarted X and encountered the elongated gui =/ I got it squared away to an extent now.
One question, after I tried urpmi gnome -a, after if had downloaded all the necessary files, it gave me the error that there were some files missing =/ any way I can check what's going on?
Here's a copy of the error it gives me:
Downloaded: 304,515,333 bytes in 147 files
Installation failed, some files are missing.
You may want to update your urpmi database
All right u have to update ur urpmi package list. U can do this by urpmi.update -a....OH CRAP that reminds me..i forgot to update my urpmi before i started downloading 9.1 beta packages...CRAP...yeah i am downloading new 9.1 packages 995MB going to take all nite ~~
all right i am running out of memory..is there a way to change the the cache folder of urpmi? i moved all the rpms to another partition and added the directory to urpmi as a local media...but urpmi trys to download the rpms i already have again!! help!!!
all right i give up...i am getting all these dependency errors and the needed packages are no where to be found.....all i know is that it's fubared big time...i am just going to wait for MC i guess.....
hiya, instead of using the command line urpmi, which gave me errors every time I tried it, I've been using mandrake's gui frontend to it, you can find it in software management in your mandrake control panel. I just search for say... 'gnome'... and then use the little check box next to "search results" to select every package found, and hit install... it'll let you know if your HDD doesn't have enough space, and I find it a little bit easier to work with =)
too late now.....i think my font server got fubared too...so not only the windows elongated, the fonts don't show up...and all the windows in kde are all elongated too not just the log in screen...hehehehehe oh fun..
Hi, I'm back. How's things going now for you newbieME? Any luck? Updates can sure be a fun way to screw up your system sometimes eh? So you are running out of space, well you could remove some old programs you don't use, or you can get another HD, that's about the extent of your choices from what I can see
Let me know where you are, and maybe a recap, I've been gone for quite some time ya know