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Upon starting up my RedHat 8 system I received errors when X started trying to start up - these read INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes'
This had occurred after I had reinstalled KDE from my original RedHat Install Discs.
I did some searching and know that INIT is trying to enter run level 5 and start x but something is missing or wrongly configured. I also checked through the /var/log directory but cannot see anything specific beyond the "respawning" error listed above.
Currently I am unable to get X to start at all. When I run "startx" a badly
deformed X terminal starts with the mouse pointer being the only visible thing.
My question is how can I determine the cause of this OR how should I go about removing ALL traces of X, KDE, Gnome etc. allowing me reinstall these from scratch? There are bits and peaces of gnome and kde all over the place.
rpm -e says that they are not installed despite the fact that "whereis kde" or "whereis gnome" says that they are ... :?
Try rebuilding your rpm database with the command
With your hosed KDE installation, you probably want to make sure that kdm is not your default display manager, and that KDE is not your default desktop. I am not at my RH box now, so I can't point to the exact files you need to touch. You should be able to find them by poking at your home directory subtree and the /etc/X11 subtree.