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I'm running debian (AMD64 dist), and I recently upgraded via aptitude to KDE 4.3.4. After the upgrade I found that I could no longer start X (using startx from my user account). I am, however, able to launch kdm from a root command line and log in as a user to X this way (graphically).
I want to run startx as a user and I cannot figure out where the hangup is. I've looked in my Xorg.0.log files comparing .old to current and nothing stands out. After I launch 'startx' the screen goes black and the computer waits. I can hit ctrl-alt-f2 and bring back the text-mode terminal screen; it's at a point where it looks like X is working. From there, I can control-c it and get back to the command prompt.
I'm thinking this is a software configuration thing but I don't know enough about how all the systems tie together to figure out where the problem is. If you know, please help.
$ cat /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
# global xinitrc file, used by all X sessions started by xinit (startx)
# invoke global X session script
$ cat /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc
exec /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp "$@"
P.S. If that doesn't solve the problem post back and we'll continue the search.
Thanks Alunduil, you nailed it!
I did a "echo startkde > ~/.xinitrc" and then startx worked, I got into KDE. When I remove the file it breaks again. Do you know where the default window manager information is stored? That's, apparently, what is messed up.