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Old 09-05-2005, 05:01 PM   #1
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extension "GLX" missing -- KDE won't start?

I posted earlier but realized that my problem is not only for one user but actually for all...KDE, which used to run just fine, is choking completely when I "startx" or "startkde." The only thing I've changed is added Skype, which required some qt tweaking. I also added "/usr/local/thekompany/lib" to my file so that Skype could find a file it needed. I have commented out that line, run "ldconfig," restarted the computer (gack, a sin!) and lo and behold, it now works.

I'm running RedHat 8.0 with KDE 3.0.5 and noticed this problem initially when trying to run VNC. But then I logged out, KDE wouldn't start, and I got a "check your installation" error.

I believe the problem may be that at one point I tried to upgrade my KDE installation and that adding "/usr/local/thekompany/lib" to my file then confused the "startkde" script? I seem to have solved the problem by making simlinks from /usr/local/lib to the two files in "/usr/local/thekompany/lib" that Skype needed to run...and now Skype runs and I can also login (whew!) to KDE.

My question is that while I seem to have solved the problem and put the fire out, I don't really know WHY this worked or what I actually did wrong to begin with. Anyone out there have any ideas or know of a good place to learn more about and how it can mess things up if too many directories get added?

Many thanks.... :-)
Old 09-05-2005, 06:50 PM   #2
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My question is that while I seem to have solved the problem and put the fire out, I don't really know WHY this worked or what I actually did wrong to begin with.
the file is for updating system libraries so the programs that need them can find might want to put stuff you want to keep updated in your ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bash.rc

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/thekompany/lib

Last edited by freakyg; 09-05-2005 at 06:52 PM.


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