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I compiled KDE 3.2 from scratch to repair some errors that happened when I installed via RPM. From the looks of it, it was successful (so far), except for the fact that my (improved) login screen won't log me in anywhere. If I put in the password it goes to a blank screen for a second like normal, and then instead of popping up KDE it just pops back up at the load screen. This also happens regardless of which WM I try to load.
I figure a start would be booting straight into the console temporarily. Is there a Grub command I can use to do that? Or is there another solution to the problem?
Firstly are you using KDM to login? If so, there's normally a menu somewhere to allow a console login. I think the keyboard command is Alt+N, otherwise you can always use Ctrl+Alt+Fn (n=1-6). I had problems with this recently, and I suggest you try the following two things:
1. Type "df" at the prompt to check your disk space. KDM won't login as a normal user if there's no free space
2. Try "ls -l /dev/null" and make sure it can be written to by normal users, otherwise dcopserver won't start (although this probably isn't the problem, since it should give you an error)
3. Try to logon, and when it fails, go to the command prompt, type "less /var/log/kdm.log" and post the output corresponding to the correct date (if it's not dated, just post the last complete section). Also post the output of /var/log/XFree.log (or whatever it's called)
It gives me a whole bunch of trash about not being able ot connect to the X server and more specifically, when I type startx I get a message saying that kdeinit could not be loaded (this shows up in the console as well). However, I'm able to log on as root? Blackbox isn't working either now...
I've got plenty of disk space, and that specific folder you pointed out was readable. Everything was fine until I installed KDE 3.2 so it'd have to be a KDE issue I would think....Unless KDE can screw around with X while it's installing?
If I type in startx I can get into KDE using any non-root profiles now, however KDM still won't load up anything via the X server. Here's the message I get when I just type kde:
xset: unable to open display ""
xsetroot: unable to open display ""
startkde: KDE starting...
ksplash: Cannot connect to X server
kdeinit: Aborting. $DISPLAY not set
warning: Connect ()failed: : no such file or directory
ksmserver: Cannot connect to X server
startkde: Shutting down...
Error: Can't contact kdeinit!
The $DISPLAY line peaks my interest...
Also, when I run KDE by typing start X I have no kicker. This is the error message I get in the konsole when I try to start it up manually:
Alright things are looking better. I went through and completely deleted KDE, figured out how to get into Blackbox, and built it from scratch right outta there. So now by doing startx out of any non-root user it works. BUuuuuuuuut ~ I still have the KDM problem. During bootup it won't boot into anything, just brings me right back to the login screen. How would I go about diagnosing that?