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adilturbo 09-13-2006 11:40 AM

Desktop lost and many GUI applications do not work
hello kind ppl

-1st i lost my desktop (but the desktop directory is still in my personal directory)

-2nd many GUI applications do not work like(mozilla,rpm manager......)

-3rd the kde envirement does not run rapidally as before while the O.S(mandrake 10.1)is booting,i have to wait about 10 min

pls any solutions to solve those problems?

thanks in advance

jimdaworm 09-13-2006 12:11 PM

Please provide us with more information do you have any errors. Have you changed anything recently?

adilturbo 09-13-2006 04:14 PM

hi again
in fact those problems has appeared while i was installing xchm.rpm. i did nothing just using rpm manager


fudam 09-13-2006 05:18 PM

So the GUI starts ok (although slow) and you're missing the items from your desktop? If I were to take a guess I'd try renaming the Desktop directory in my home and restarting. Hopefully KDE will just make a new Desktop directory for you... then copy the contents from the old into the new and cross your fingers.

How did you install xchm.rpm? Did you force it?

As jimdaworm said, are you getting any error messages?

adilturbo 09-13-2006 07:48 PM

hello again

yes i'm missing items from my desktop.
ok,concerning the xchm.rpm i did not finish its installation because of those pblms,i installed many applications that were requiered for the xchm(dependencies),but i got no error message,during the installtion suddenlly the rpm manager would not work.

for the pblm of desktop has occured before installing xchm using rpms,i was installing it using sources code files, you know (./configure then make....)once i was installing, i think the atk or the cairo ,it sends a message from the configure, saying that i should give path, where applications are installed,to the /etc/ so i added those 2 lines


after that i turned my pc off,the next boot i got a window message(i did not remember what was written on it)so after that i lost my desktop.

ok i'm going to try what you told me then answer you

adilturbo 09-14-2006 06:06 PM

hello again

i renamed the desktop directory then reboot,but nothing changed(no new desktop directory)added.

pls any other solutions?


adilturbo 09-16-2006 07:03 PM

hi again

pls how can i at least make my kde envirement launch rapidally and automatically, coz i always open a new shell(Ctrl+Alt+F1)
then log in as oot then type kde command then get back to the GUI envierement.


adilturbo 09-24-2006 05:57 PM

hi again

so pls any help i'm still booting with starting the kde envirement manualy,that is boring

jimdaworm 09-25-2006 01:45 AM

Edit /etc/inittab the line id:3:initdefault: change it to id:5:initdefault:

adilturbo 09-30-2006 12:23 PM

it is already in my /etc/inittab


so any other solution?

jimdaworm 10-01-2006 05:51 AM

Sorry adilturbo I am running out of ideas. What I suggest you do is eit your profile to show your distrubution and kernel version (Just to make it quicker/easier for people to see this basic info)

Then you need to go to the the forum for your distribution (Which looks like its Mandrake)

If you ask one question at a time you might get better answers too.

Good luck.:study:

jcookeman 10-19-2006 05:06 AM

Please post your xorg log file and kdm log file (assuming you're using kdm).

jcookeman 10-19-2006 06:13 AM

Oh yeah, *duh*, you indicated you updated /etc/ Did you update the linker cache with ldconfig after you did this?

Chances are, there are new hooks installed into KDM that cannot execute because the dynamic linker cannot find the required libraries -- hence the long wait time before it gives up.


ldconfig -vNX | tee ~/ldconfig.test.txt
as root and see what the output is. If it indicates it is updating the cache (adding some libraries), then most likely this is the case.

The above command will not actually update the linker cache. This is a "dry run" of sorts.

If you are uncertain, then post the ~/ldconfig.test.txt here.

If you want to go ahead with it, then just run

ldconfig -v | tee ~/
after you have backed up the linker cache (/etc/

Be forwarned that you installed some stuff from source. I highly recommend you go back to those install directories and uninstall before you try this because RPM should take care of the linker, anyway. In general, those systems with a package manager, you should use that facility to install software as the first choice. Otherwise, you're making your life a little more difficult.


Best regards,


adilturbo 10-19-2006 07:29 AM

hi newly

1st of all thanks for regard.

when i configured the /etc/ i did not update with the ldconfig.

many thanks

jcookeman 10-19-2006 08:02 AM


Originally Posted by adilturbo
hi newly

1st of all thanks for regard.

when i configured the /etc/ i did not update with the ldconfig.

many thanks

I noticed after that lengthy post that this is a month old and you probably wiped it by now :D

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