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Old 02-11-2005, 11:41 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10, xorg, and prefdm *sigh*


Being into pain, I downloaded the source tarball for xorg 6.8.2 which was released just a couple of days ago.

I compiled and installed it on my Mandrake 10.0 Community (with many updates) system. Then the fun began.

First, xorg wouldn't find the keyboard. This turned out to be because libxkbfile.so.1 was not being found, even though it was in /usr/X11R6/lib and that location was listed in my /etc/ld.so.conf file.

I didn't fool with it; I just put a link into /usr/lib and that fixed it. I am sure this will bite me the next time I upgrade; I won't remember that I did it and I'll have to hunt when things break. I would like to know why it wasn't being picked up in its real location, but one problem at a time...

So, now xorg found the keyboard, but when I booted into runlevel 5 and Mandrake invoked prefdm, the keyboard apparently would hang and I couldn't type in a user password, I couldn't do a ctrl-alt-F# to go to a console window, and basically I couldn't go anywhere. I could and did ssh in from outside, but the user interface was locked up until I rebooted using the reset button on the box.

By fiddling with the startup order in rc5.d I discovered that prefdm would permit me to type into it if started early enough, but then X would hang while starting KDE on the "initializing system services" portion of the startup and would never come back. I don't know which "system service" was hanging, or why.

Presently, I have disabled prefdm and have started the system by booting into runlevel 5, logging in as a user, and then issuing a startx. I can do this, but would prefer to use the display manager.

Does anyone have an idea why this thing is hanging?

I established my xorg.conf by just linking to XF86Config-4. Here is the relevant section of my xorg.conf file:

Code:
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard1"
    #Driver "Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    #Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"
    Option "XkbOptions" ""
EndSection
Note that I just commented out the old driver and option info.

I am using kernel 2.6.3-15mdk-i686-up-4GB. Prior to this upgrade, I was using XFree86.4.3.0.1. Video is nvidia with the nvidia driver
 
Old 02-12-2005, 02:07 AM   #2
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Check your $HOME directory for a file .xsession-errors (ls -a) does it get you any closer to what is wrong?

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Old 02-15-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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There appear to be no applicable error messages anyplace. I wouldn't think there would be one in .xsession-errors because the thing is generally hanging before my session is established. But the only thing there was a big long list from where mplayer got confused about something.

No error messages that apply in any /var/log file, including mdkkem.log, messages, syslog, explanations, or anything else.

Might be a library conflict someplace; possibly I should update to Mandrake 10.1, or at least update KDE to 3.3
 
Old 02-25-2005, 11:17 PM   #4
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Old 02-28-2005, 09:36 AM   #5
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Seems like drastic measures to me. I've had bad experiences with KDE upgrades to fix problems with kdm and arts. If your keyboard libraries were not originally found, could their links be broken? i.e. libxkbd.so.1 -> libxkbd.so.1.12 -> etc. etc.

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