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Old 10-05-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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Help - I've killed KDE !!

Help - my root desktop has forgotten it's settings but my standard user login (non root) hasn't. I run 10.2 and have been tinkering with Xorg.conf (both manually and through xorgconfig) - following Dugan Chens advice from I have been trying to get my ATI Xpert98 vid card to direct render as in the section "Setting Up X" but gave up. I am not critising his instructions but I am a completet novice with Linux ! I then moved on to "Adding Truetype Fonts" and dloaded the freetype-2.1.10-i486-1arf.tgz package and installed with Kpackage. After some fishing around in KDE I figured some sort of build/compile/manual setup was needed and searched for scripts/bins in the file list of the tgz. Then when logging in as root then running startx the desktop was altered - icons larger, panel lost its transperency, new large hover bubble appeared over the K stat button etc - these are not program errors buts different desktop appearance to my much loved settings. Logging in as my standard test user (no special rights) then starting X returned my desktop to my preferences. As you can tell I'm a total novice to Nix (although accomplished with Win) but I'm struggling up the learning curve and determined to get it coined. Any advice is welcome.
Old 10-05-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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If I understand your post right, you are logging in to X as root. Why? I don't do that. If I need to do something as root I open a terminal and su. Am I missing something?
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Hi bgeddy,

While I can't be much for you this time 'round. Here are some things you can do to make life easier for youself in the future.

1. Make a backup of any config file before you change it
2. Keep a ChangeLog of any changes you make to the system

Old 10-05-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
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Yes you shouldnt be running kde as root. Just use root for admin stuff like installing software etc., which can mostly be done from a terminal.
Old 10-05-2006, 11:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the prompt response guys. Yes - I know I shouldn't run KDE as root (slapped wrist) but I would be interested to see why roots KDE has changed and not users ? I wish I had made a changelog and backups but I haven't ( Doh ! ).
Still I would like to know what affects users settings in KDE. ( I've looked into .xinitrc in home dirs) - please help !!

Old 10-06-2006, 12:32 AM   #6
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All of KDE's settings are found in ~/.kde/. For root this would be /root/.kde/. To see what files have changed recently, do
find /root/.kde -atime -X
where X is an integer representing days. "-atime -X" means less than X days and "-atime +X" means greater than X days. Hopefully it'll return a small enough number of files for you to dig through.


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