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seb3579 09-09-2004 09:26 AM

kdm won't start kde
Hi all,
I have kde 3.3.0 running on my Suse 9.1 box, and typing in my username and password in kdm only starts up a terminal window (like failsafe mode). To start kde, i have to run startkde. Could anybody provide any pointers as to launching kde automatically?


mykrob 09-09-2004 09:30 AM

when KDM comes up, there should be a button to the right of the login button where you can choose session type. MAke sure it is set to use KDE. Did you have any trouble before upgrading to 3.3?


seb3579 09-09-2004 09:32 AM

Yeah, already done, and no solution.

Had no probs before kde 3.3

ulmo 09-11-2004 11:09 AM

I have the same problem.
After login, there's only one xterm without window-decoration, choosing another session-type has no effect.
I have Debian Sid.

tmorton 09-11-2004 11:42 AM

Where did you get the KDE 3.3 packages? I would try the official RPMs.


ulmo 09-11-2004 12:20 PM

I installed kde 3.1.2 from jigdo-dvds and did no update. After changing the default display-manager from xdm to kdm the described problem occurred.

seb3579 09-11-2004 08:06 PM

I downloaded the official Suse 9.1 rpms. :'(

Does any body have any ideas?

ulmo 09-12-2004 08:53 AM

I finally took the ruthless way:

/opt/kde/bin/genkdmconf --no-old
Not elegant and I still don't understand the problem, but it works.


seb3579 09-12-2004 11:50 PM

Unfortunately this still doesn't solve any problems for me :(

doublejoon 09-13-2004 12:09 AM

Is there a file called kde-3.x.x in your /etc/X11/Sessions? If not just create a file called kde and put this in it

and make it executable chmod a+x kde

give it a reboot

Tuvok 09-13-2004 12:22 AM

If you can start kde, go to KControl (Kde Control Center), go to System Administration, go to Session and check if you got kde entry.

seb3579 09-13-2004 12:27 AM

No i don't, but i also don't have a folder called Session. Btw, kde loads with xdm.


seb@linux:~> ls /etc/X11/
fs                qtrc        XF86Config          xim            Xresources
fvwm2            rstart      XF86Config.bak      xinit          xserver
lbxproxy          twm          XF86Config.install  xkb            xsm
proxymngr        WindowMaker  XF86Config-linux    Xmodmap
qt_plugins_3.3rc  xdm          XF86Config.saxsave  Xmodmap.remote

seb@linux:~> ls /opt/kde3/share/config/kdm/
backgroundrc  README  Xreset    Xsession  Xstartup
kdmrc        Xaccess  Xservers  Xsetup    Xwilling

seb3579 09-13-2004 12:33 AM


Originally posted by Tuvok
If you can start kde, go to KControl (Kde Control Center), go to System Administration, go to Session and check if you got kde entry.
I don't have a sessions entry, neither in the System Administration Entry, nor in the Login Manager.

Something else i noticed, in the login manager, changing the background has no effect on kdm - perhaps it is writing to the wrong file?

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