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I've read several of the posts about the flawless upgrades from RH8 to RH9 and decided to give it a go myself. After the problems I've experienced, I'm beginning to think that was a mistake.
The install went fine and there were no indications of problems early on. I opted to let it do the defaults and upgrade the boot loader configuration. No problems there. When it booted, however, it would try to go to the graphical login screen, flash a few times, and lock with a blank screen. So I booted into runlevel 3 by editing the grub boot file and logged in without X. After checking the logs, I determined that it was hanging while trying to load the glx driver so I commented it out and rebooted. (I have a Nvidia GEForce 4 card.) This brings us to where I am now.
When I try to boot into KDE, a small error window comes up saying that it failed to start kdeinit. I click OK and it offers for me to check my ~/.xsession-errors file. Here is the result:
startkde: Starting up...
/usr/bin/startkde: line 227: 1018 Segmentation fault ksplash
/usr/bin/startkde: line 231: 1019 Segmentation fault LD_BIND_NOW=true kdeinit+kcminit+knotify
startkde: Could not start kdeinit. Check your installation.
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
/usr/bin/startkde: line 248: 1021 Segmentation fault kwraper kmserver $KDEWM
startkde: Shutting down...
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
Error: Can't contact kdeinit!
startkde: running shutdown scripts...
Fortunately, I can still log in to Gnome. However, when I do, there are still problems. Some programs mysteriously won't start and give no indication of why. Also, when I try to compose an email with Evolution, I get the error
Could not create composer window:
Unable to activate HTML editor component.
Please make sure you have the correct version
of gtkhtml and libgtkhtml installed.
The error from the activation system is:
Child process did not give an error message, unknown failure occurred.
This could have been a problem with the previous installation and I wouldn't know. I've always used KDE. Also, I don't know how I could have an incorrect version of anything installed since I just upgraded my system, but anyway...
I doubt these issues are very much related, but any ideas are greatly appreciated. I'd really like to get KDE back up and on the level.
Here's the update: I upgraded KDE to version 3.1.1 from the bianary rpms provided on kde.org by redhat for 8.0, still no dice. Same problem, same error message, same everything. I looked at the startkde script and can't make anything from it, so I'm really at a loss here. Any help is greatly appreciated. I really want to get everything back up and running and get on with my life. Darn you Redhat 9!!
Wow, looks like I've stumped the linuxquestions community...didn't think it was possible. Unless there happens to be a KDE guru lurking in the shadows out there somewhere, its looking like I'm just going to have to back everything up and wipe it clean. Damn, just when I had everything the way I liked it. I'm thinking redhat still has a way to go on the upgrade train...I've had to do this on almost every upgrade from redhat 6.1 (when I first jumped on the Linux bandwagon) on up to now. Anyone else notice the same thing?
Here's a solution that you may not like: Save all your config files and important stuff, wipe the partitions and do a clean reinstall of the whole thing!
If it doesn't work now, you're in quite a mess!
Yeah, thats an incredibly poor solution, but its what I ended up having to do back in April. I fought with it for 2 weeks but lost in the end. I still contend that RH has a long way to go before they can claim smooth upgrades from one release to the next. Seriously, from 6.1 on I've ended up having to wipe the disk and start fresh.
Best of luck to you, I wish I had found a better solution myself.
Actually, I did do a clean install and I have the same errors as everyone else here. Im pretty pissed at redhat, this should not be that hard. Hell, I can run knoppix and it will detect and configure my damn video card and monitor correctly. WTF?
I just reinstalled 7.3. Redhat should be ashamed of that pos that they call an os. I had more crashes off of that then the shit that they make us work with at work. 4 times in 2 hours is not worth my time and effort.